It is the sincere hope of the author that, having read this general summary of Spartan history, some readers will be inspired to learn more about this most remarkable city-state that shaped ancient Greece in so many ways. To those who wish to pursue further knowledge of the Spartans, their history and their city, the following works come highly recommended.
Jones, A.H.M. Sparta. 1968. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard University Press
Cartledge, Paul. Ancient Greece. 2010. Oxford, England. Oxford University Press
Kagan. Donald. The Peloponnesian War. 2004. London, England. Penguin Books
Plutarch. Parallel Lives
Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War
Pausanias. Description of Greece (Laconia).
Herodotus. The Histories