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Sparta

Ridge Spartan Art and Culture Spartan sculptors were active in pan-European sites such as Delphi and Olympia.Pausanias, traveling through Sparta in the second century AD, recorded hundreds of significant buildings – temples, monuments, tombs, and public buildings – that were part and parcel of Spartan art and culture. According to contemporary sources, Sparta was particularly renowned for its music and dance. Spartan bronze works were coveted as gifts and imports. Spartan poets were admired throughout...

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Sparta

society of no other than Sparta. (2nd SLIDE TURN) We can see here the representation of the stereotypical ideal of a Spartan. But what grants this nation this profound ideal of strength, who are they? And more importantly what truly is Sparta? To understand the depths of time one must start from the beginning. The Greek mythology behind Sparta told that the founder of the city was Lacedaemon, a son of Zeus, who gave his name to the region and his wife’s name to the city. Sparta, also known as Lacedaemon...

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Sparta

The Decline of Sparta in 371BC Sparta has been famous since antiquity for her military strength; indeed, it was believed by most Greeks that if Sparta rose against Attica, Athens would not be able to hold out for more than three years before surrendering. So, if Sparta was considered one of the strongest players in the classical world, why would she fall? The numbers of Spartiates have long been suggested as the main contributing factor in her decline. According to Plutarch, at the Battle of Leuctra...

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Sparta and Athens

Was Sparta a better place than Athens? Spartans is known for its military training while Athens lives in world of luxury. Each state has its own good or bad and you can’t say something is better at everything than another one. First of all, children are mistreated in Sparta like going to military training at the age of seven and killing “weak” babies. Who said they didn’t have the potential to become the next Plato. In order to have a pure race Spartans started to kill the babies who look “weak”...

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Athens and Sparta

The Growth of Athens and Sparta What is a city-state? * A political system consisting of an independent city with sovereignity (the ultimate authority in the decision-making) over a fixed surrounding area for which it served as leader of religious, political, economic, and cultural life. * They had developed when earlier tribal systems broke down and splintered groups established themselves as independent nuclei c. 1000–800 B.C. Factors leading to the rise of Greek city-states * The...

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The Strength of Sparta

The Strength of Sparta The strength of a state depends on the amount of glory within. Every man needs to be courageous in order for the whole to thrive. If an army is successful, it’s because each warrior had courage. In Sparta, if everyone didn’t excel at the same level, there wouldn’t be excellence as a whole. The amount of courage that a hoplite exhibited also showed how strong the state was. The state was above the self. Education is one form of building up the people to be stronger...

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Sparta Speech

love the light of dawn.” This is a quote taken from ancient Spartan society that was said to the young men who were in the process of becoming soldiers. While Sparta is most popularly known as a warrior society, it had many other characteristics that made it revered. No other civilization during the Classical Era can be compared to that of Sparta. Sparta’s legendary warriors, women, and politics made it a true iconic civilization during that time period. Of course, the main topic for discussion...

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Athens and Sparta

Comparing and Contrasting Classical Athens and Sparta The classical Greek civilizations of Athens and Sparta showed some similarities, yet also showed a large number of differences. For example, these city-states had completely different views about women and their rules on female freedoms show this. Athenian women, like most of the women in other Greek city-states, were considered to be useful only for child-bearing and domestic jobs. Sparta, however, was the oddball out, giving the women of...

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Athens and Sparta

The biggest rivalry groups in the 5th century BC in Greece were the Athens and Sparta. Although they resided in the same country they both had different ways how they managed their political, economic and social structure .The main goal of the Spartans was to have an elite state of soldiers. While the Athenians main objective was to have a society that was versatile, skilled and liberal. The Spartan culture was surrounded around warfare and military. Spartan children were trained from a very young...

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Government in Sparta

Government in Ancient Sparta Supposedly formed by Lycurgus, the government in Sparta is very unique in that it is an Oligarchy; combining monarchy, aristocracy and democracy. The reason for this is that few people actually ruled Sparta, and their power or time in office was limited to avoid corruption. There were two kings to keep a check on one another, there were 28 members of the Gerousia – a council of elders that included the two kings, five ephors who held in their hands the highest of...

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