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[2015] Isabella C: Growing up as a Spartan glog

At age 7 the Spartan boys are taken from their families and made to live with a group of boys their age in the Agoge. The Agoge was a performance training camp where the boys would go in small bands. It was a rough place for the young boy; they slept in uncomfortable beds made of rushes and ate black broth and other coarse foods. Everyday in the Agoge they drilled challenging gymnastics and military exercises. They spent little time learning music and literature and instead learned to fight and endure pain without complaint. They obeyed orders without question and even were starved some of the time. This was to encourage them to supply their own meals by stealing. This would then help the boys develop shrewdness and enterprise. They were also taught that to surrender was disgraceful when in battle.

7 years old

Growing up as a Spartan Boy

Once a young man has achieved the age of 18 they graduate to something similar to a military reserve core. Where they spend their last days before becoming a full Spartan warrior.

18 years old

At age 30 a Spartan warrior takes a big leap in the hand of new rights. For example, after all those years the warriors were finally allowed to live with their families once again. They also became citizens with full rights at age thirty. In which case from then on were given a vote in the Spartan assembly. The Spartan assembly had the final say on all matters of state. To add to that they could also take part in holding public office.

30 years old

Once a warrior is 20 years old he is then considered a full Spartan warrior. This is a big accomplishment, for men train all their life for this. They are from that point on encouraged to get a wife and make babies. However, they are not yet allowed to leave their herd of boys. They still must live with them and fight. They are to serve in the army and belong to a men's dining club. At the same time they must eat and sleep in public barracks as well. They are also not allowed to own gold or silver.

If a Spartan man lived to be sixty he could then be elected into the council of elders where he would serve for life. The council had the power to prepare laws that were afterwards voted on at the meeting of the citizens. It was a fairly limited group and was mainly made up of wealthy aristocrats. They were known as the Gerousia and it was organized with thirty officials and two kings. Those kings ruled over Sparta, they were both there to make sure the other one didn't grow too powerful. One king was in charge of the Spartan army and the other in charge of the matters of Sparta.

60 years old

Spartan life was all about training and fighting. They wanted only the strongest of the strongest as their people. To make sure that was to happen they started the process of elimination right as one was born. Once a Spartan baby was emerged it was automatically property of the state. The state was keen on making sure there was a strong Spartan army. So the newborn baby boys were bathed in wine to test their resilience. This would sting the babies and so many of them died during the process. Then the strong ones that survived were sent to be examined by the elders. The babies that the elders found were weak or unworthy although surviving the wine test were then set aside from the others and thrown off a cliff to die. These trials were difficult to pass as they were just infants however it made sure that only the tough survived. Which would then lead them into a hardship of a life with alot more tests to come. They would step by step grow closer and closer to becoming a full Spartan warrior and finally completing their training. This is the journey they take as they grow up.

The beginnning of life

20 years old

Then when the boys reached age 12 they were teamed up with one of the older boys. They would mentor them and show them the ropes.

12 years old


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