Spartans valued military power. For instance, “Their whole lives were about military training even after 30 the Spartan boys were required to serve the military until they were 60” (Document 2). This statement from the document shows that Sparta takes
Ephors were the five magistrates of Spartan. Their term of office was only a year. Their main duties were to administer the Spartan's foreign affairs, judicial system and their armed forces. Aside from that, the Ephors have also the power to declare war to peasants or the "helots," when a rebellion occurs. On other hand, the assembly also elects the Gerousia.
As a woman one would rather stay in Sparta than in Athens because the women of Sparta got to have sovereignty, mobility/status, rights and respect. The women of Sparta got greater independence than the Athenians because the Spartans believed that in spite of the person’s gender all Spartans had a responsibility to serve the warlike end of Sparta. Furthermore, Spartan women were taught to read, write and protect themselves, they were taught these things just so that they could be independent and so that they would not have to depend on men to do their work for them while they were at war, another reason was so that women could produce strong babies if they were strong. The women got their freedom in exchange of being warriors and guarding their properties. Spartan women were known for starting conflicts.
Historians do know that Spartan women were known for their natural beauty, and that they were forbidden from wearing any kind of makeup or enhancements. Spartan women were afforded a public education as well. This was very radical - other Greek girls were not formally educated. They could, however, use their education to have careers or earn money But Most of the money earned was used to support the family. Their income came from land holdings that either they or their families were given through a public land distribution program or running the shops in the city-state.
They both consisted of separate alliances in the pursuit of a common purpose. These hegemonies were capable of a remarkable unity of action which made them effective offensive and defensive alliances (Fliess 1961). The powers formally allied with Sparta for a vast majority of the conflict were not weak (Hanson 2005). Sparta began the war with the support of its entire peninsula, support that increasingly expanded as a result of the growing dislike of Athens. It became increasingly known across Greece that Athens’ only goal was to help themselves and to further the glory of Athens.
Therefore, regarding the education in Sparta, the weaknesses outweighed the strength because the Spartan’s didn’t value family morals, the basics of reading and writing were taught, and the upbringing of Spartan boys was cruel and painful. The only focus to the Spartan was war and violence instead of family morals. At the age of seven, a young boy is removed from his family
The Roles of Spartan Women differed in many ways from those of Athens. From a young age, Spartan Women have raised different than their Athenian counterparts. As children, Spartan women were taught from the age of 7 that education would be key for them in life. They were taught how to read and write in case something happens to their loved ones in the future and were forced to take care of themselves and their family in the future. Unlike Athenian women who were taught simple housewives roles such as, taking care of the children, cooking and raised to be housewives who were very dependent on the men in the house.
They were fierce, strong, fearless warriors that defended their city state with all their will. Spartans were brought up to be warriors, they started their training from early on in childhood and at the age of 20 they joined the army until they were 60. Spartan warriors that returned from battle were held highly on the social pyramid. It is said that everyone looked up to them, for example when a returning soldier entered a dining pavillion anyone male or women would give up their chair for them. This sense of patriotism lead them to very defensive of their home and
In the movie all that the Spartans had for protection in the movie was their shield they almost were fighting naked. This would have allowed them to be able to move more freely than if they had bulky armor. Leonidas was the only one with a helmet to go along with his shield, which was a indicator that he was the king. In real life though the spartans wore a full brass chest plate and a leather skirt for protection including the king. Also the king was not the only one that had a hemet, the spartan helmet, called a plumed helmet for the plume on the top, was standard issue for all spartan
The Spartans believed that the youngest men in the army should defend the older and more experienced military men especially well. Although their “knees are no longer nimble” , it is apparent that the Spartans valued the wisdom and experience that seniors brought to the battle field nearly as much as their fighting ability. Through rank structure, this notion holds true today in nearly every armed forces organization. The longer a member devotes his life to the organization, along with the achievement of certain qualifications, the higher rank he achieves. Each rank has fewer members than the last, presenting seniors with a sense of reverence from the junior personnel.