Spartan Games Essay

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During the year of 776 A.D., the first Olympic games took place in Ancient Greece. The purpose of those games was to honor Zeus but years later, the games still continued. This time they served a different purpose. The games were meant to be peaceful, and a way for other countries to interact with each other. Soon, the popularity of sports increased through Europe. People believed that sports taught the concept of cooperation, increased political gain, and some thought it benefitted human health.
Europeans played sports, since they believed sports instilled unity and cooperation in the public. The majority of society in Europe during this time consisted of the proletariat. As mentioned by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a British general, society
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Spartans learned how to fight as a cohesive unit against armies. They used a strategic formation known as the phalanx, in which they created an unbreakable defense by moving together and working with each other. Similarly, the competitive nature of sports brought people together, so they could win and it taught them the need for unity in society. Due to the growth of Spartans in a “warrior society,” physical strength and health were significant to the citizens. They trained, since only the best of the best survived. Sports allowed people to stay in shape, because of the physical activity that they completed. Due to their cohesive and physical army, Spartans conquered many neighboring cities and made a name for themselves in Ancient Greece. Countries used sports to showcase the potential of their state and to “conquer” over other countries. Europeans perceived the role of sports as a way to teach cooperation, acquire political gains, and to keep themselves in shape. Sports such as soccer, and rugby brought society together in the game and actual life as well. Countries and their leaders advanced their states through competitions and sports kept humans healthy. The coming of organized sports in Europe affected not only countries, but each individual separately as

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