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Unformatted text preview: extremely fertile along the coast and this was perfect as the Spartans wanted to be able feed them selves. Incidentally, The Spartans had a strange custom of having two kings at the same time. The reason as to why they had two kings because there were two royal houses as exemplified in (Herod. Book 7), but neither one was ever strong enough over the other. The conservatism of the Spartans made them prize negative action over positive action. It was actually the main duty of men in Spartan society to serve in the army. Men went into the army as young as 12 and served up until they were 60. They were occasionally allowed to go home on leave, (partly for the reason of producing more future soldiers.) Women were allowed to sleep with men they were not married to in order to produce more soldiers as well, but if the children they produced did not fit up to Spartan standards then they killed without any regard....
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2008 for the course HIST 116B taught by Professor Martin during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08