Tag Archives: wit

Spartan Wit

Spartan wit was famous.   Laconic (Laconia was another word for Sparta) means short, pithy, to the point. Plutarch, the old Greek historian,  gives some examples: Once a Spartan king was watching a show with a sword-swallower.  “That’s easily done here … Continue reading

Posted in 1, books, history, Sparta, The Greeks | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

The Legend of Sparta (Part 2)

Up to now, the nobles had only squirmed a little. That shows they already had that very Spartan ability to bite their lip. But do you know what the last straw was—what finally made them howl? They woke up one … Continue reading

Posted in books, history, Romans, warfare | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments