Athens & Spartans
Athens and Spartans, two of Greece most powerful and intriguing cities share there difference and similarities. The difference and similarities to be discussed are the politics, societies, and the economics. These differences between the two are what have given them the historical relevance they have today, while the similarities are what made the Greece societies shine as well.
Athens can be considered as one of the most glorious cities of the ancient world. The Athenian society was far different then its rival Spartans society. The greatest difference would be the up brining, as far from birth until adult hood. The Athenian’s believed in ...view middle of the document...
The Spartan society can be considered as one the most war hardened cities of all time. While there rival city Athens were more into the arts aspect of life, Spartans were in other words “militaristic, and strict” (Sherman et al. 2008). The Spartans had some form of education in there up bringing but there man focus was militant training.
” A boy would be taught a home until the age of 7. At the age of 7 a Spartan boy went to the barracks to receive military training. At the barracks Spartan boys learned fighting skills such as running, boxing, wrestling and racing. The Spartan boys also learned to read and write but the Spartans did not consider such skills important.” ("Sparta and Athens" 2010)
There military training was harsh and was the true meaning of the only the strong survive. It was said that if you were not born physically up to par for the Spartans training you were of no use. If deemed physically up to par then they would spend a vast majority of their life training, and then from that point on be dedicated to the army.
“At birth, each child was examined by elders, and if deemed physically deficient, the child would be exposed left outdoors to die. At 7, boys were turned over to the state and spent the next thirteen years in training […] At 20, young men entered the army and lived the next ten years in barracks.” (Sherman et al. 2008).
The Athenian society also had a different approach when it came down to politics; they were a “City of Democracy”. This democracy (rule by the people) form of government allowed the people to be governed a little more fairly than any other system of government at the time being.
” Women, children, foreigners, and slaves were not allowed government positions. There were three government groups. There was the assembly which included all Athenian citizens, there was the council of 500 which were Athenian citizens above the age of 30 were chosen by lottery, and there was the stategoi which were elected. The assembly composed of at least 6,000 citizens which had a meeting...