Spartan Life Compared to Athenian Life

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Spartan Life Compared to Athenian Life

Post  Joshua T on Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:58 pm

The life of a male Spartan mostly revolved around training and preparing for war. Spartans all believed strongly that literacy was not nearly as important as learning how to fight in war. On the other hand, Athenians did not focus exclusively of their military. The AThenians thought that literacy was far more important that learning how to fight and how to kill. Athenians sent children to school. Unlike Sparta, in Athens joining the military was optional.

At birth, an Athenian child was checked for birth defects. If the baby was not strong and healthy, the child was left on a hillside to die. If the baby passed this test, he would be sent to live with his mother until the age of 7. At the age of seven, the child would be sent to live in a barracks. There, the child will be taught and trained how to fight and kill. They were trained to be fierce warriors. At the barracks the children would be poorly fed. They were encouraged to steal in order to live. Nothing was handed to them for free. If the child was caught stealing, he would be severely beat and punished. This would teach a child to be sneaky and how not to be caught. After 13 years in the barracks, Spartans began service in the army. The Spartans served in the army from the age of 20 until the age of 60. At the age of 30 men were allowed to procreate and get married.

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