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The Legend of Sparta

The little state of Sparta always fascinated the Greeks—it was one of their strangest experiments. Plato imagined the perfect state in his dialog called The Republic, but that was only a theory. Sparta really existed—it was a working state—and even … Continue reading

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Spartan Wit

Spartan wit was famous.   Laconic (Laconia was another word for Sparta) means short, pithy, to the point. Plutarch, the old Greek historian,  gives some examples: Once a Spartan king was watching a show with a sword-swallower.  “That’s easily done here … Continue reading

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The Legend of Sparta (Part 3)

Spartan boys were all brought up to be soldiers, to die heroically for their country. The whole country were trained like Roman gladiators. They weren’t fed quite enough and had to steal to fill their bellies; yet they were beaten … Continue reading

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The Legend of Sparta (Part 2)

Up to now, the nobles had only squirmed a little. That shows they already had that very Spartan ability to bite their lip. But do you know what the last straw was—what finally made them howl? They woke up one … Continue reading

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