Ancient Greek Life


Have you ever wondered how life would be like to live in a different country that was very different from your own country that you live in? Well, let’s take a look at Athens, and Sparta. Take a look at some of the differences between those three countries. Pretend that

you are one of their people and wonder what it would be like to be in their shoes. Also, most of the different backgrounds of life may be different. Sparta is one of the major city-state in Greece.

Sparta was unique among the Greek city-states because of the rigid program of military indoctrination is instilled in its very own populace. Athens is the capitol city of Greece. It is one of the largest cities in Greece and is always busy. Now let’s compare the two.

The government in Athens had a limited democracy. There was about 40,000 men who were citizens and there was no political power from women, children, and slaves. In Sparta there was about two kings, with 28 elders and a council. There was about less than 10, 000 citizens. The population in Athens had about 140,000 and in Sparta which had only less than half of what Athens had.

Women in Sparta were definitely had an exception in ancient Greece. Sparta women wore a chitin with a short skirt. Which was a two piece dress that was stitched on the left and a belt secured the garment to the body. The clothes that the Sparta women wore allowed freedom of movement for all women, which was a useful impute. Sparta women and girls took part in athletic contests. Which were running, discus hurling, and javelin throwing. Sparta women and girls performed in festivals and sang in choirs and danced. The Athens girls spent most of their time in her household with other women and they only leave when they have to perform religious duties. Athens women were married in their teenage years, usually to a man in his 30’s. After they got married they would both give offerings to the god’s and share a cake with their husband.

One of the major educations in Sparta were the military learning and were to produce soilder – citizens. In Sparta, the purpose of education was to produce a well-drilled and well-disciplines army. Spartans believed in a life or discipline, self denial, and simplicity. Those were very loyal to the state of Sparta.Every male or female in Sparta were required to have a perfect body. Sparta boys were sent to military school at age 6 or 7. They would live, train and sleep in their barracks of their brotherhood. In school, the boys were taught survival skills and other skills necessary to be a great soilder. The school subjects were very hard and often painful. Also, students were taught to read and write, those skills were not very important in ancient Sparta. Sparta girls were sent to school at the age of 6 or 7. They lived, slept and trained in their sisterhood’s barracks. No one knows if thieir school was a as cruel as rugged as the boys school, but the girls were taught wrestling, gymnastics and combat skills.

In conclusion, I would say that I would like to live in Athens more than Sparta because I like to live in a busy city. Even though, most of the education and economics maybe difficult and challenging I think it would be loads of fun. I would say. But then again, it could be so tiring and very hard – working.

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