Athens and Sparta




  1. Why Study the Classics?

    Larry P. Arnn
    March 14, 2016

  2. Life and Government in Sparta

    Paul A. Rahe
    March 21, 2016

  3. Life and Government in Athens

    Victor Davis Hanson
    March 28, 2016

  4. Sparta and the Persian War

    Paul A. Rahe
    April 4, 2016

  5. Athens and the Persian War

    Victor Davis Hanson
    April 11, 2016

  6. Sparta and the Peloponnesian War

    Paul A. Rahe
    April 18, 2016

  7. Athens and the Peloponnesian War

    Victor Davis Hanson
    April 25, 2016

  8. Sparta and Athens—Conclusions

    Paul A. Rahe
    May 2, 2016

  9. Athens and Sparta—Conclusions

    Victor Davis Hanson
    May 9, 2016

  10. Final Quiz




Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also a professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 to 2000, he served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He serves on several boards of directors, and he previously served on the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors for two years for which he earned the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In 2015, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. A member of numerous organizations including the Churchill Centre, he is the author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It; and, most recently, Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.


Victor Davis Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of classics emeritus at California State University, Fresno. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University. In 2007, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal, and in 2008, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. He is a columnist for National Review Online and Tribune Media Services, and has published in several publications, including Commentary, the Claremont Review of Books, The New Criterion, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of numerous books, including The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - From Ancient Greece to Iraq, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, and The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.


Paul A. Rahe is the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Professor in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College. He earned his B.A. in history and Ph.D. in ancient Greek history at Yale University, and he read Litterae Humaniores at Oxford University. He is the author of several books, including Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution, Against Throne and Altar: Machiavelli and Political Theory under the English Republic, and Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect. He is co-editor of Montesquieu’s Science of Politics: Essays on the Spirit of Laws and editor of Machiavelli’s Liberal Republican Legacy. In November 2015, Yale University Press released his new book, The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta: The Persian Challenge, and in the fall of 2016 Yale will publish The Spartan Regime.