Ancient Spartan Culture: The Culture Of Ancient Sparta

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Culture of Ancient Sparta
Sparta was a city-state in Greece located on Peloponnesus, a peninsula southwest of Athens. It was a society that based everything around war and they were a very powerful city-state, and they had their peak at around 431-404 B.C. Spartan culture was unique in many ways, the men and women both played important roles, their children were taught from an early age the importance of loyalty and self discipline. The soldiers were known for their crimson red cloaks and courage, they looked to the Gods for appreciation and sometimes disappointment. They were a very courageous and self disciplined culture, self denial and simplicity was the Spartan way.
The women played a much larger role in the Spartan society compared to
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They were taken from home and went to live in dormitories with other boys, they had to sleep on hard beds and ate black broth along with other unappealing foods. One thing that was a disgrace was to surrender in battle, which they were taught at a young age. At the age of twenty, the Spartan men would become a true soldier of the state. They were not allowed to live with their wives or be considered a full citizen until the age of thirty. Throughout their life until the age of sixty, being a soldier was supposed to be their first priority. After they turn sixty, they were able to join the Gerousia, which was a council for the Spartan state. They had a better chance of becoming a member if they were closely related to one of the families of the king, but anyone over sixty had a …show more content…
Self-denial and simplicity was what Spartan life was all about. It all began when a child was born, it was examined by the state and bathed in wine to see if its reaction, if it was unhealthy or too weak then it was usually left on a hillside or taken away to be a slave. Nurses were the primary caretakers and in Sparta they believed in the ¨tough- love¨ method. Boys had to leave home at seven years of age to go train to be a soldier, they became part of the Agoge. The boys lived in barracks and had to go through harsh physical pain and food deprivation to make them become a strong warrior. The older boys often beat the younger boys to make them tougher. Girls also left home at seven years of age to go to school. Unlike girls in other Greek city states, Spartan girls went through physical training just like the boys, Spartans believed that strong mothers produced strong children. Since Spartan women married later than other women in Greece, they produced stronger

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