TWO Dudley social workers, who share a deep and long-held fascination with Classical and Hellenistic Greece, have written a book together about a neglected period of history.
The Spartan Supremacy 412-371BC is full of dramatic events fascinating characters and explains the high points and demise of Spartan power.
Written by Mike Roberts and Bob Bennett it is published by Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 47 Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AS.
The authors said that surprisingly few books have covered the tumultuous first decades of the fourth century BC, particularly when compared to the ample coverage of the Peloponnesian War.
As the authors explain, although the earlier period has the benefit of Thucydides' magisterial history, the period covered here is actually well served by sources and well worthy of study.
This gripping narrative is full of dramatic events, battles and great figures such as Alcibiades, Lysander, Pelopidas and Epaminondas.
With their detailed and insightful analysis, Mike Roberts and Bob Bennett untangle the complexities of this important, but unduly neglected period, for the modern reader.
The 299-page hardback book is priced at £25.
For more details about the book go to http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk