Sparta and the English Republic

  title={Sparta and the English Republic},
  author={R. Foxley},
  journal={Classical Receptions Journal},
  • R. Foxley
  • Published 2016
  • Philosophy
  • Classical Receptions Journal
In 1659-60, James Harrington and Henry Stubbe, two republican authors, engaged in a bad-tempered pamphlet debate about the constitution of classical Sparta. This took place in the context of political collapse after the fall of the Cromwellian Protectorate, as republicans desperately attempted to devise safeguards which could prevent the return of monarchy. Questions of constitutional form were not always at the forefront of 1650s English republicanism, but Harrington’s ideal constitution of… Expand