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Sparta (Σπαρτη, Spartē). A city on the Peloponnesian peninsula of Greece; also known as Lacedaemon. Sparta is well known from ancient Greek literature, particularly Thucydides’ history of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 bc). Several passages in the books of the Maccabees (1 Macc 14:16; 1 Macc 14:20; 1