SPARTANS: ELITE WARRIORS OF ANCIENT GREECE PART THREE


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THE REAL STORY OF THE WARRIOR-HEROES OF ANCIENT GREECE!

“For the Spartans, it wasn’t walls or magnificent public buildings that made a city; it was their own ideals. In essence, Sparta was a city of the head and the heart. And it existed in its purest form in the disciplined march of a hoplite phalanx on their way to war!” – Bettany Hughes, writer/historian.

(For Part Two, go here)

SPARTA AND ATHENS

In the century following the Persian Wars, Sparta would find herself enmeshed in a long fratricidal struggle against her erstwhile ally, Athens.

These two leading Greek cities could not have been more different.

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Physically, Athens was a great cosmopolitan metropolis. Its public buildings, such as the Parthenon crowning the lofty Acropolis, were the wonder of the Ancient World; and still amaze today. Sparta, by contrast, was but a collection of villages. Its public buildings were modest, and…

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