National Geographic : 1944 Mar
00 Staff Photographer Maynard Owen Williams Every Soldier Was a Tower of Defense for Unwalled Sparta, Situated in a Plain and Dominated by Mountains "I had expected to find Sparta an uninteresting city," wrote Dr. Williams, "for Thucydides said that her ruins would give no measure ofher greatness. Yet few Greek cities have as fine a site. The walls of Sparta may have been the breasts of her sons, but the surrounding mountains may have had something todo with her impregnability. This view is across the roofs toward Mount Taygetus, by afternoon light on a rainy day" (pages 282-3 and 306).