Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sparta

Spartan Government

Sparta was called an oligarchy because the ruling power was in the hands of a few people. The power was in the hands of the Council of Elders, which consisted of 30 men. Two of them were kings who inherited their power. And the other 28 were selected by an assembly. The people in the Council of Elders had to be at least 60 years of age. The Council of Elders were allowed to decide on new laws, and new changes.

Spartan Economy

Spartans got the goods they needed for everyday life by farming and conquering other people. Sparta didn't have enough land to feed all it's people, so Spartans took the land the needed from neighbors. And turned them into slaves or helots. They also used non-citizens called perioiki. The perioiki made red cloaks fro soldiers, iron tools like knifes and spear, and hey also traded with other city-states fro goods that Sparta did not have. Sparta used iron bars as money. So not many people liked trading with Sparta.

Education in Sparta

Spartans trained boys and girls so they could protect they city-state very roughly. Boys and girls who weren't born to defend were put on a hillside to die. Those who were fit to defend started training at the age of 7. The received military training. They were trained wrestling, foot-racing, and gymnastics  Spartan boys trained an lived in buildings called barracks. At the age of 20 Spartan boys were tested for fitness, military ability, and leadership skills. If they passed they became soldiers. 

Women and Slaves in Sparta

Women and slaves were treated fairly in Sparta. Women were allowed to own their own property, marry whom they like, and chat with their husband's friends. Slaves weren't treated as well. However, they were allowed to marry whom they like and keep their own name. However, some slaves weren't as lucky. If you were a strong fighter, you would be killed purposely by the Spartans.


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