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Spartan Military

Spartan Military From about the time of the Persian invasion until the Battle of Leuctra, Sparta was viewed as the powerhouse of the Greek city-states. There were numerous reasons behind their success, but there are few that stand out as the most prevalent. Spartan boys are born to be warriors, they are sent to the Agoge at the age of seven and forced to abide by the Laws set by Lycurgus the Lawgiver. Spartan men never had to worry about chores or any work that was done in the kleroi, allowing...

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Essay On Delian League

over the Persians in 479 BC, some of the Greek communities in the Aegean still sought liberation from Persian control. The Ionians first looked to Sparta to secure and maintain their independence. However Sparta was more concerned with problems that affected them and so were apprehensive about having to ensure the safety of the Ionians as well. Sparta was under constant threat from the Helots, they had an independent grain supply and they lacked a navy large enough ensure the Ionians safety. Sparta’s...

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Systematic Rationalization of Thucydides' Peloponnesian War

which Sparta was forced to increase its security to match the seemingly increasing security of Athens. The building of Athens' long walls protecting its naval power and its interference in Corcyra were important events in beginning the war, primarily because of the dramatic increase in Athenian power these events represented to the Spartans. These actions put Athens in a strong position to increase its power steadily in the coming years, also steadily decreasing Spartan power forcing Sparta into a...

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Gates of Fire

in Athens and wants to go live with her until she's old enough to marry. Xeones, still filled with vengeance, wants to go to Sparta, home of the legendary warriors that constitute the best army in Greece. They cannot decide so they end up parting ways, Xeones to Sparta, Diomache to Athens. In their entire lives they will only meet once more. When Xeones arrives in Sparta (Lakedaemon) he cannot become a soldier because he is not Lakedaemonian. Instead he becomes a squire, a station that is basically...

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Lysistrata Characters: Lysistrata -  Lysistrata is an Athenian woman who is sick and tired of war and the treatment of women in Athens. Lysistrata gathers the women of Sparta and Athens together to solve these social ills and finds success and power in her quest. Lysistrata is the least feminine of the women from either Athens or Sparta, and her masculinity helps her gain respect among the men. Cleonice- is the next-door neighbor of Lysistrata and is the first to show up at Lysistrata's meeting of...

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Spartan Childhood

century BCE there were more women than men in sparta and women often had more than one father for their children, and a several men might share a wife. Connubial love was discouraged by the city-state, but there is evidence that some husbands and wives loved each other very much. This fact would embarrass them if it were known, a shameful weakness, so such attachments were usually kept secret. Women enjoyed much greater freedom and independence in sparta than in other Greek city-states. Because mothers...

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According to Ancient Sources, How Far Can We Asses the Aims of the Spartan Education System?

“murdered any helot whom they caught.” This may have been to desensitize the boys from violence and killing, implying that the agoge taught the boys that killing was a brave and good thing when it helped the state. Xenophon, an Athenian who lived in Sparta and whose son’s went through the agoge, tells us that young boys would have to steal as many cheeses as possible from the shrine of Artemis Orthia. Whilst the boys were stealing the cheeses other, older boys were told to prevent the thieves from getting...

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Study Guide

golden apple form his daughter while he held the sky up for him; tricked atlas into taking back the sky Atlas: held up the earth Laconic: no answers; very few words; Sparta Draconian: harsh; Sparta Spartan: Greeks who settled in Sparta under harsh rule and focused on military; no frills; basic Helots: state owned slaves in Sparta Aristocrats: hereditary landholding elite Tyrant/tyranny: people who gained power by force Rhetoric: public speaking Totalitarian: totally given to war Oracle: a...

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Spartan Oligarchy

kings and gerousia by always ensuring the supremacy of the laws of Sparta over individual needs. This system kept all of the leaders from abusing the power that they were given. This allowed oligarchy to be superior to democracy because in the democratic system there would only be one body making decisions for all of Athens. “Our men are our walls”(Common Spartan saying, The Spartan Military) was a common saying around Sparta that sums up there military quite well. Being the only Greek city...

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Book Report: Gates of Fire

Spartan helot Xeones, as he begins his training to become a soldier for Sparta, which takes several years. As the story progresses, tensions rise between Greece and Persia as Persia’s expansionist attitude threatens Greece’s freedom once again. When word reaches King Leonidas that Xerxes, king of Persia, has crossed the straight from the Anatolian Peninsula and was on his way with a massive army to crush the Hellenic nations of Sparta and Athens, he seeks permission to mobilize a force to meet Xerxes...

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