A Man By Claude Levi Strauss Essay

1712 Words Oct 18th, 2016 7 Pages
In the 1960s, a man by the name of Claude Levi-Strauss suggested that humans have a natural notion of “raw and cooked” meaning that humans naturally categorize everything in nature as clean or unclean. The People of Ancient Greece possessed this typical human habit. When looking specifically at the people of Sparta and the people of Athens, this habit is very apparent. Each city-state thought the other was unclean because they were so different despite both being Greek. Although Athens and Sparta are comparable as being Greek and devoutly religious, there are notable contrasts when looking at the governments, sexual tendencies, women, physical city structures, and overall societies of both city-states. Before even looking at the people of Athens and Sparta or their way of life, there are many differences in the physical structure and locations of the two city-states. First of all, Athens had high and huge walls around the city, and long walls that extended to the sea, but Sparta did not have any walls at all. Athens was located near the sea, while Sparta was a landlocked rural valley in central Greece. Because of this, Sparta had a great army, and Athenians were greatly skilled sailors who used the sea to trade and communicate. Also, the athenians were able to produce a surplus of food and goods; however, the Spartans had such unpredictable weather that they often didn 't have enough food because of the dryness of the land. One of the most notable differences was that…

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