Top 10 Witty (and Badass) Quotes from Ancient Sparta
“Because We are Also the Only Ones Who Give Birth to Men.” Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, explaining why Spartan women were allowed to rule men. Queen Gorgo was the wife of Leonidas. At the time she spoke it, women were second-class citizens just about everywhere, except in Sparta. In contrast to the other women of Greece, Spartan women were treated reasonably well, and enjoyed a much greater level of freedom than their peers could ever expect.
Spartan Warrior is one of our few remaining examples of Spartan art. Sparta or Lacedaemon was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece, situated on the banks of the Eurotas River in Laconia, in south-eastern Peloponnese. Around 650 BC, it rose to become the dominant military land-power in ancient Greece.
Ancient Sparta is well known for its powerful military, and for a period of time was dominant in Greece, among the other city-states. They were for a time, enemies with Athens, during the Peloponnesian league.
The Spartan tactical structure, according to Xenophon was the enōmotia, with 36 men in three files of twelve under an enōmotarches. Two enōmotiai formed a pentēkostys of 72 men under a pentēkontēr, and two pentēkostyai were grouped into a lochos of 144 men under a lochagos. Four lochoi formed a mora of 576 men under a polemarchos, the largest single tactical unit of the Spartan army.
Leonidas statue in Sparta. Sparta was a prominent city-state in Ancient Greece. Given its military pre-eminence, Sparta was recognized as the overall leader of the combined Greek forces during the Greco-Persian Wars. Between 431 and 404 B.C., Sparta was the principal enemy of Athens.
"The Iliad and the Odyssey: The Heroic Story of the Trojan War and the Fabulous Adventures of Odysseus" (1956) illustrated by American artist & illustrator duo Alice (b.1918) & Martin Provensen (1916-1987). via my vintage book collection