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Welcome to Sparta’s Journal and Σparta periodicals. Both are peer-reviewed Journals researching ancient Spartan and Greek history. It discusses issues on history, art and culture, military tactics and armour, religion and society.

Sparta’s Journal was initially started in 2004 as an Open Access electronic Journal which was specialized on the research and study of ancient Sparta, Laconia and Messenia. Currently we expand our publishing endeavour with a print version, a new title, ISSN identification number and trademark, Σparta.

The main purpose of the Sparta’s Journal and Σparta is the original study of the ancient Greek world, ancient Laconia and Peloponnesus.

Indexes: The Journal’s contents (2008 – 20012) are available at the following indexing services: Humanities International Complete™ (HIC) and Humanities International Index ™ (HII).


Provisional Managing Editor: Mr Nikolaos Markoulakis

Associate Editor: Dr Aikaterini-Iliana Rassia

Aikaterini-Iliana Rassia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and History of Art (National University of Athens) whilst she has recently completed a Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology & Art at King’s College London. She has an intimate knowledge of Sparta in terms of its history and archaeology and has been carrying out extensive research projects since her undergraduate studies. She is currently an M.Phil/Ph.D. student at King’s College London.

Assistant Editor: Mr Jon E. Martin

Jon Martin has possessed a life-long admiration for Classical Greek culture, and especially Sparta. He has written two books: In Kithairon’s Shadow, which is centered around the battle of Plataea in 479 BC, and Shades of Artemis, a novel chronicling the life of the Spartan Brasidas. In Kithairon’s Shadow is currently required reading as part of the Honors History curriculum at a major university in the US. Jon has traveled to Greece, visiting various locales from Therompylae to Sparti, from Olympia to Plataea, all with the intent of adding authenticity to his novels. He resides with his family in Boston, USA.

Assistant Editor: Dr Eugenia Russell (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Eugenia Russell studied for her PhD at the History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London under the supervision of Jonathan Harris. Her thesis on the Encomia to St Demetrius in Late Byzantine Thessalonica discusses classical and Biblical subtexts in a historical framework. It has also shown, in the words of her examiners, ‘that the generally negative view of Byzantine literature that has long prevailed is untenable’. For her ambitious views on education and the dissemination of knowledge, in 2006 she won a competitive place on the Summer School of the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise, which was held at Birkbeck College, University of London. She organised an international conference in the following year. The resulting volume, Spirituality in Late Byzantium: Essays presenting new research by international scholars is to be published in 2009 by Cambridge Scholars Press. She has given academic papers at Saint Xavier University, Chicago; Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; Trinity College, Dublin as well as many in the UK. She is a reviewer for the Bryn Mawr Classical Review and for the Southwest Journal of Cultures and a member of the Editorial Board of Social Histories, Pompeii: Open Access Journal. Her current research on the fifteenth century Greek émigré Andronikos Kallistos (c. 1400-1476) and his pupils crosses the boundaries between classical reception and the comparative study of vernacular literatures. An off-shoot of this study is a paper on Byzantine monodies and laudes and she is also preparing a paper on methodologies for Byzantinists.

Assistant Editor: Mr Owen Rees

Owen Rees holds a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and has just completed his MA in History (research), specialising in Warrior Culture. He is continuing his studies as a postgraduate researcher at University College London, examining how ancient Sparta dealt with their soldiers’ transition to and from war. He holds a research journal and portfolio at www.owenrees.co.uk

News Editor: Ms Panagiota Markoulaki

Panagiota Markoulaki holds a degree in Archaeology (University of Nottingham) whilst she is currently completing her postgraduate studies in Archaeological Research into Maritime Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. She is an active archaeologist worked at a number of archaeological units, such as Oxford Archaeology, and currently at Trent and Peak Archaeology, University of Nottingham. Panagiota has two years experience in ceramic conservation and a number of publications in both British and Greek archaeology. She is at present working on publishing the Hellenistic pottery collection housed at the Museum of Nottingham. She is currently starts her MPhil/PhD in the Department of Archaeology of Nottingham University.

Book Review Editor & Production Manager: Mr Nikolaos Markoulakis

Nikolaos Markoulakis holds degrees in Social Sciences and International Relations from Nottingham Trent University. He is currently working on his M.Phil/PhD project at Nottingham Trent University. He is the Managing Director of the Markoulakis Publications & Book-retailing from the 2005 onwards.

Academic Advisor: Col. Rose Mary Sheldon

Sparta’s academic advisor Col. Rose Mary Sheldon is an active scholar and Colonel of the United States Armed Forces. She is teaching at the Virginia Military Institute and is the Head of its History Department. She is the author of numerous academic monographs, such us, Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome: Trust the Gods, but Verify (2005), Espionage in the Ancient World: An Annotated Bibliography of Books and Articles in Western Languages(2003) and many more.

Former Editors-in-Chief:

Mr Paul Houston, served as editor-in-chief in 2006

Mr Robert Montgomerie, served as editor-in-chief from 2006 to 2014


Sparta magazine is published bi-annually by Markoulakis Publications
ΣPARTA (ISSN 1751-0007).

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