4 October 2018
The Greeks are arguably one of the most impressive and advanced civilizations to date. They had an exceptional understanding of science and mathematics in addition to the advanced philosophical ideologies actively circulating within most of their city-states, like the Athenians, as well as incredible military tactics from the Spartans.
Of all of the poleis, Sparta is often considered to be the most powerful (Sayre 123). As a military society, they valued soldiers and order more than most other essentials. At the age of seven, boys were taken from their family homes and into military barracks, where they will remain until they reach thirty years of age (although they are allowed to marry at twenty). Men ate in the mess halls until they aged to sixty. In Sparta, women were given incredible strength training exercises in the hopes of creating a strong child. Unfortunately, weak and disabled babies were left to die while the parents tried again for a stronger child. Women had more freedom in Sparta than most other poleis because the men were always away and women were needed to complete the daily tasks males usually did. In a way, Sparta’s militaristic society controlled every aspect of the lives of Spartans.