Athens vs Spartans - Athens and Sparta were the two major...

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Athens and Sparta were the two major city-states during the ancient Greek era. Both were radically different from one another in many ways. The lack of communication and travel caused the societies to diverge from each other due to the low rugged mountains that inhibited them from communicating and coexisting. The biggest difference between them was in their form of government, but they also had differences in their cultures, lifestyles, and laws. One common aspect that the Athenians and Spartans both shared were strong militaries. Sparta’s military strength was in its army. It was comprised of the best trained and most powerful warriors in ancient times. The Spartans showed no sympathy for weakness in the training of their soldiers. Fragile babies were abandoned, boys at the age of 7 were taken away from their mothers to start the “agoge” their term for military training. Twelve-year-old trainees were deprived of clothes and food, and were forced to scavenge and survive on their own.

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