AGOGE - The Agoge Boys Early Childhood Children who passed...

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The Agoge
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Boys: Early Childhood Children who passed the inspection at birth became eligible for Spartan citizenship At the age of 7 they were removed from home Their lifestyle was austere, with many restrictions and labors They were allowed no shoes, only one cloak, and barely enough food Stealing food was encouraged, but those caught were punished This encouraged inventiveness
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Discipline Discipline was ferocious A magistrate in charge of the children was appointed by the state, with extensive powers to maintain discipline and harshly punish disobedience Any adult male Spartan could also punish any child for a misdemeanor In the absence of an adult, an older boy (eiren) could take his role and make sure that young children were never unsupervised The boys spent their days in physical and emotional training that would create the perfect warrior
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The Agoge
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Young Men (Eiren) Men between 20 and 30 were in transition, not boys, but not yet men either. They were divided into camps and
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