Talk:Lycurgus of Sparta

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Long discourse about Minos in the summary of Lycurgus[edit]

Reading a rather in depth explanation about Minos (that even digresses to Incas) in the summary of the article about Lycurgus throws the article out of sync. If all that information is relevant in an article about Lycurgus (at all), a nice little footnote would do, to inform those interested. Now it almost seems like an advertisement about Minos' great achievements. The place for that is not the summary of the article of Lycurgus. I vote for removal. TessT (talk) 09:05, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

TessT the IP editor who made the edits has been blocked for a month. Feel free to remove it from the article - there is no need to vote for an uncontroversial removal. If you're interested in where this edit comes from refer to my talk page section 85. Mr rnddude (talk) 09:09, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. I created a section 'Influences', transported the core of the Cretan influence to it, and added two other known influences to give a more balanced view.
Question: I added two quotes in the footnotes, to support the statements I made, and avoid major quoting sessions in the body of the text. I italicized the text. Is that the way it to do it, or is there a neat little wiki template for verbatim quotes in footnotes?TessT (talk) 10:47, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
TessT there is a more technical way to do it. You should separate notes from citations. The easiest way to do that is to use {{notelist}} to separate citations from references in the sections titled "notes". Then, in the actual text use the {{efn}} template and input the text you wish into that template. You can refer to the GA article Macrinus for guidance on how to use efn and notelist templates on articles. I'll give you an example here though that may help you as well.[a] Mr rnddude (talk) 10:57, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! That was very helpful and a tool I'll certainly use in the future as well.
I'll end my edits for now, but there are a great many more things to say about Lycurgus. For instance about the education of boys and of girls, about marriage, and the eugenic measures (regarding babies), and his allowance of post-marital promiscuity. I'll be back later. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TessT (talkcontribs) 11:50, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
  1. ^ hello there, I am a sample footnote. I exist to distinguish between citations and expository notes. If you've used me correctly you will see a little [a] symbol next to the text where you have placed me. Cheers and happy editing.

Untitled and ill-formed Thread[edit]

When was the town or city state of Sparta founded?

It existed in Mycenean times already and is a key player mentioned in the Iliad, but the Dorian conquerors who founded what we think of as "Spartan culture" arrived probably in the 11th century. Briangotts (Talk) (Contrib) 17:58, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

Citing sources[edit]

This page needs to cite sources. I'd re-edit, but i haven't time

Was first to make crepes? I'd like to see the citation for that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:29, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Which also doesn't match the current content. (talk) 02:11, 12 December 2008 (UTC)


This whole section has gone without sourcing, and it's quite obvious it is a whole personal opinion. The majority of what's being said in this section is still being debated amongst historians, and the author of this is speaking as if it were definite fact. It needs some SERIOUS editing. -Jezzk (talk) 10:16, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

I found the text noteworthy but had a different original take (before the first placement of the tag) and I've adjusted the scope and made the type of the tag specific to the complaint above. My reading was that the author was a modern greek and was recounting their understanding of their own traditional culture. Lycurgus (talk) 14:50, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
pretty sure all of the biography is from Plutarch's 'Greek Lives' —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:49, 21 January 2010 (UTC)
I think some of it goes beyond Plutarch and some of his sources survive I believe, but will remove tag and replace with in-line fact check if no further comment. (talk) 02:00, 12 February 2010 (UTC)
None having occurred, did remove. (talk) 13:47, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

Influence on modern political philosophy[edit]

Certain conservative 19th century writers, such as Jean-Joseph Gaume, have claimed that Lycurgus exercized an influence on modern political philosophy, his legacy being later revived by Enlightenment authors such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire. It would be a good idea if anybody could verify such claims, since they seem to imply that comparatively new ideologies, such as socialism and communism, actually have ancient Greek roots. ADM (talk) 11:42, 20 October 2009 (UTC)

Iron money[edit]

Nothing about Lycurgus giving the spartans their iron money? (talk) 03:19, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

I think in the legendary timeline of the development of Sparta that came after the time of Lycurgus. (talk) 12:23, 16 April 2010 (UTC) (talk) 09:37, 17 February 2012 (UTC)


This article should be edited from the floor up or deleted. The article is substantially unsourced (as other contributors to this page have pointed out) and is little more than a medley of legends and folk-tales surrounding Lycurgus, some of which have their origins well outside of the temporal or cultural context of the classical world. There is obviously a place for 'according to speculation in the 19th century' type information within such an article, but such information has to be acknowledged as being ahistorical rather than presented as fact. My view is that allowing this article to remain intact detracts from the integrity of Wikipedia. It's tantamount to presenting 16th century ballads about Robin Hood as verified biographical fact. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:37, 29 August 2010 (UTC)

This sounds almost a little like me but FTR, it's not. (talk) 11:42, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
Agreed with non-me. We know nothing about Lycurgus for a fact; we should instead be stating who believed him to have done what. What we can also document is what different historians think of his role as a semi-mythical figure: what does the image of Lycurgus tell us about the Greeks? Feketekave (talk) 20:13, 8 October 2012 (UTC)
Compare with the rather good article about Solon. Feketekave (talk) 20:31, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

--- "Lykos" is from IE *wlkwos, which means wolf. Wolves are not named for their 'lucid eyes,' therefore the final sentence in the 'Legends' section should be deleted."

But deleted for what reason? Is it because the author does not believe that Wolves have "Lucid Eyes?"

That has to be it unless the author of the above can or will dispute it!

But, perhaps the above mentioned author should have looked at a definition of "lucid" in a dictionary?

And, perhaps in the first two definitions found here;, and perhaps the first two definitions do not seem correct, but I would suggest that you look at definition number 3. Meaning in essence "Translucent or transparent. See Synonyms at clear.", then one could well see some relationship to the eyes of some wolves! Actually, today, it is known that many wolves have what appear to us to be "blue" eyes, and it is further known today that "blue eyes" are in essence "clear!" It is only by refraction that we see them as "blue!"

Perhaps some of you might well want to also refer to the Synonyms of "translucent or transplarent at clear!" Perhaps with this background my post may well become "clear" to all?


Ronald L. Hughes96.19.147.40 (talk) 00:34, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

An almost absent detail[edit]

I had to read this article twice to find the one fact I came looking for: the dates of Lycurgus' life. When I did find this information -- the first half of the 8th century -- it is tagged as being unsourced. Sigh. I examined my copy of the Oxford Classical Dictionary & found there are two possible dates (both based on early traditions): Herodotus states Lycurgus was the guardian of the Agiad king Leobotes (fl. 900 BC), while later writers associate him with the Eurypontid Charillos (c. 775 BC). If I find no one else updates this article, based on these leads, I guess I'll have to do it in my own Copious Spare Time. -- llywrch (talk) 06:34, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

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