The Spartans

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The Spartans

By Harriet

For The Spartan's everyday life was unfair. The women are not citizens. They can't vote or hold public office, but they could own land and present themselves in court. Spartan women own about a third of the land becuase most of the men were killed in battle. Women wore plain clothing, cut their hair short, didn't wear make-up or jewellery. They were trained to keep fit. They exercised and danced naked.

For The Spartan's everyday life was unfair. When male babies were born weak or sick they would put them on hillsides to die. Boys left home at the age of seven to start their military training in barracks.

The Spartans

Everyday life for Men

Everyday life for Women

Living conditions for the Spartans weren't very good. Their beds were a bundle of reed weeds from the river banks, that were put on the ground. Boys and young men were taught how to put up with pain and to develop their courage. Soldiers had to put up with being cold and the discipline was very harsh. They had to put up with bad living conditions for up to 30 years.

The Spartan army was one of the most powerful of the ancient world, and this was due to the Spartan military that was the core and the backbone of the ancient Greek state. The warriors that fought for, and lived for the state were some of the most impressive ever, and this was due to the regimented and military fashion in which children in Sparta were raised, to later successfully join the Spartan military.Spartan soldiers grew their hair long and usually wore light clothing. When they were fighting and training they would wear armour and bright red cloaks. They had shields and swords.

Living conditions

Girls- Girls were trained in their sisterhood, and were taught physical education. They also started school at the age or six or seven. It is unknown as to whether their school was as rough and hard as the boys', but some historians believe the two schools were very similar in their objectives, to produce a strong group of women. Boys- Male Spartan children were sent to military school at the age of six or seven. They lived with their brotherhood.School courses were very hard and painful for boys, and school was described as a 'brutal training period.'

Education for Boys and Girls

Warfare

The Spartans were one of, If the only Greek city-state that did not bury their dead apart from the living. Particularly in Athens, the Greeks thought of death as an unsettling step into the unknown, though they did treat their dead with respect. Spartans, whilst respectful and even reverent of the dead, had much more simplistic funerals than Athens or other city-states. They wrapped the body in a red or scarlet cape, in the case of the men it tended to be the cape they wore to war. The majority of Spartan graves were unmarked and without any headstones to symbolize where the person was buried.

Death and funerary customs


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