The Spartans

Classical historian Bettany Hughes uncovers the fascinating and mysterious story of Sparta’s rise and fall.

Against the epic backdrop of the battles at Thermopylae, Leutra and the Pelopponesian Wars, Bettany Hughes attempts to separate the truth from the myth about this society: how it was organised, how it achieved such military fame and why it failed to endure.

Production Information

Broadcaster: Channel 4 / PBS

TX Date: January 0001

Duration: 3 x 60

Format: February 2002

Useful Links:

PBS - Sparta Origins

Bettany Hughes - The Spartans



Executive Producer(s):

Richard Bradley


Bettany Hughes


Highly engaging

Observer Magazine

Crisp, and dramatic

Sunday Telegraph