The Spartan Way of Life
The Spartans Way of Life
Something that I have been interested in learning more about has been the Spartan way of life. I remember my brother and I were talking about it the other day, but I didn't have time to research it. Lately, the this topic has caught my eye again. I know that many people feel that Spartans are the best soldiers in history. From what I have heard, The Spartans were more than just being the best soldiers even though that was one of their focuses.
One thing that I know for sure about Spartans way of life is that there accomplishments and radical ideas played a big the worlds history. Now, I've studied my share of the history and I believe some of the Spartan ideas are reasonable and could be improved to implemented in the modernized world.
The Spartans way of life is harsh but simple. Sparta was bred to believe that they were the descendants of Hercules (a half god, half mortal figure who represented invincible strength) himself. The men from birth were carefully inspected by an elder. Analyzing if the child were to be deformed, or did not have physical traits of a warrior. If any child had a error they were left behind, or in other words killed them. Then at the age of seven the Spartan men are separated from their families and underwent rigorous military training and education until they were 18. After the spartan’s 18th birthday he is mandated to military service. However the spartan would live among his brothers at arms until the age of 30. By this age the spartan can have his citizen freedoms. Such as owning a house and having a wife.
The article “Growing up in Sparta” written by Joe Emery was a very useful tool for my research on the Spartan way of life. He provided information on how the Spartans made their perfect soldiers and how did they live in their society. Emery also describes the spartan government and how it ran as well as their reputation in Ancient Greece.
All of this information that Emery provide makes me think what if the Spartan society still existed would they have stuck to their traditions of being only a military state. I also ask myself what if the United States implemented these rules for her male youth today, where would we be compared to other Nations around the world.