Sparta Strengths And Weaknesses Essay

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If you’ve heard of Sparta and think it’s fantastic, think again. Sparta was a city state located on a peninsula in southern Greece called the Peloponnese. Sparta was very violent and all they thought about was having the strongest military. The weaknesses of Sparta outweigh the strengths because the Spartans lacked education, boys were taken away from their families at a young age, and they were very abusive. To begin with, Spartans lacked advanced education. In document D it states, “The spartans learned to read and write for purely practical reasons: but all other forms of education they banned.” [The Spartans] thought education was a waste of time and they should be training instead. They also didn’t allow them to go abroad. Which limited their education even more because they couldn’t learn from other people. They were not allowed to attend either comedy or tragedy plays. Maybe that’s why…show more content…
In document D it states, “The boys of Sparta were lashed with whips during the entire day at the altar of Artemis Orthia, frequently to the point of death, and they bravely endured this, cheerful and proud, vying with one another.” Spartans would also leave the babies out to die if they thought the newborns were “weak”. Think about that, leaving babies out to die and whipping kids often till death. During the years the boys spent in the agoge they were whipped, fought with one another, and starved. The boys were not allowed to wear shoes because they had to harden their feet. The fact that they abused children was another reason why the weaknesses outweigh the strengths of Sparta. In conclusion, Sparta did have some strong points. For example, they had a very strong military, which held them up for those 300 years. However, their lack of intelligence, taking kids away from their families at a young age, and how they abused kids lead them downhill after their military got weak. In the end, Sparta's weaknesses did outweigh the
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