Spartan Trivia. I hope I didn't make too much grammatical errors because english isn't my first language yadayada... I hope you enjoyed this... Spartans also didn't fight in their underwear, they wore proper armour.
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Spartan Trivia

I hope I didn't make too much grammatical errors because english isn't my first language yadayada...
I hope you enjoyed this.

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#1 - maxl ONLINE (09/18/2013) [+] (30 replies)
The romans defeated them because they didnt have walls
User avatar #2 to #1 - neverborn (09/18/2013) [-]
The romans had cowardly things like seige machines, heavy armour and hygeine
User avatar #5 - YourLordAndMaster (09/19/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Spartans also didn't fight in their underwear, they wore proper armour.
User avatar #60 - specialone (09/19/2013) [+] (4 replies)
The other reason for having two kings was so one could go off and lead the Spartans whenever they went to war whilst the other stayed behind and commanded the city.

Also, boys were trained from age 7 to fight, that was what the whole Spartan society was about. They were given one cloak, aimed to be too hot in summer and too cold in winter, and minimal food to force them to steal. If they were caught they were punished not for stealing, but for being caught.

There was a story that one boy, who had stolen and fostered a fox, upon being questioned by a leader let the fox eat his bowels before turning himself in.

The boys were trained in the "Agoge" which was essentially a military camp with boys ranging from 7 to 19. Upon their final year they were sent out into the wilderness to fend for themselves. Also, every Autumn Sparta declared war one their slaves. This ensured the slaves stayed in check and also taught the boys what it was like out on campaign, teaching them how to kill.

In addition, they were encouraged to sleep and love their fellow trainees as it was believed that if you loved the man next to you then you would fight better. The whole Spartan battle system relied on defending the man to your right and trusting the man to your left.

At age 20, upon the finish of training, they had to join a mess to become part of society. If they weren't voted in then they would try for another one. If after 10 years they were still unsuccessful then they were given a low citizenship rank.

The reason the ladies shaved their heads was that whole boy loving thing. Before the wedding the women would shave their head, and for the first year the husband and bride were only permitted to meet during the night. Even then, the men usually remained in the barracks and saw their wives very rarely.

In short, Spartans were born and trained tough. And they took it up the batty
#31 - unclaimedusername (09/19/2013) [+] (45 replies)
>Sparta
~Tiny Nation (Basically a city-state)
~Small, simple, strong army
~Never conquered much land
~Can barely defend against Persia
~Now Called: Spartans or Sparta


>Macedonia
~Relatively large nation
~Large, strong, complex army (once again, relatively)
~Created largest empire at the time second only to the empire they ****** up
(Persia)
~Persia was their bitch
~Now called: Greeks or Greek Empire

In addition:
Greece's attitude towards Macedonia before Macedonian Empire: Non-Greek barbarians from the north
After Macedonian Empire: Macedonia = Greece, Macedonian is a dialect of Greek!

An also: The Macedonians never attacked the Spartans, Sparta attacked Macedonian-controlled Greece, and lost, despite there being 5,300 Spartans and allies vs. 3,500 Macedonians and allies


TL : DR Macedonia is better
#108 - motherfuckingkenji (09/19/2013) [+] (16 replies)
Contrary to popular portrayal, Spartans never fought in their underwear.
They wore incredibly powerful, expensive (each suit cost about as much as the average cruiser due to the underlying crystalline matrix) and complicated power armor made of Titanium-A.

They lost to the Persians because they didn't have energy shields at the time. It was only after they lost one of their best soldiers named Sam that they developed them.
#87 - dcj (09/19/2013) [+] (7 replies)
300 doesn't mention how 90% of Sparta's population were slaves captured on campaigns. The full-time warrior class was supported by slave labor, but the movie railed on and on about FREEEEEEEEDOOOOOOM and 						****					.   
						*******					 hollywood, man.
300 doesn't mention how 90% of Sparta's population were slaves captured on campaigns. The full-time warrior class was supported by slave labor, but the movie railed on and on about FREEEEEEEEDOOOOOOM and **** .
******* hollywood, man.
#98 - nextnextnextnext (09/19/2013) [+] (5 replies)
"Sparta and it's citizens are today best known because of movie 300"
#84 - Tazdingo (09/19/2013) [+] (4 replies)
There are people on this Earth that didn't know about Spartans until 300?
#4 - stupu (09/19/2013) [-]
You forgot to mention that contrary to the movie, 300 spartans did not attack tens of thousands of persians alone. Instead it was an army of thousands made up of spartans, thespians, and thebians. When the persians outflanked the Greeks, 300 spartans - 400 thebans - and 700 thespians stayed behind and were killed while they covered their comrades retreat.
User avatar #53 - SteyrAUG (09/19/2013) [-]
As long as everyone else is doing it:

To die in childbirth was the women's equivalent of dying in battle. Women were valued above men in the spartan society.

If a Spartan dropped his spear, he would be given another by the man behind him. If he dropped his shield, he would be pushed out of line to his death. This was because not only did his shield protect him, it protected the man next to him.
#266 - scapegrace (09/19/2013) [-]
Spartan Fact: when Spartans play gay chicken, they play for keeps.
#115 - Loppytaffy (09/19/2013) [-]
Women dressed like men bacause men were more used to men? That is the ultimate "it's okay to be gay"

Spartan women were pretty badass, too.
User avatar #169 - MrSunday (09/19/2013) [+] (3 replies)
great information, but do you know how to proof read? there was like 20 spelling and word placement errors.
#171 to #169 - paulthehero (09/19/2013) [-]
He says in the description that english isn't his first language so naturally it's a bit harder to conjugate everything perfectly.
He says in the description that english isn't his first language so naturally it's a bit harder to conjugate everything perfectly.
#143 - lawander **User deleted account** (09/19/2013) [-]
Tell me more about your funny trials
#156 - crazycowhimself (09/19/2013) [-]
english teacher's FW
english teacher's FW
#148 - anonymous (09/19/2013) [+] (1 reply)
This is almost as inaccurate as the movie 300
#101 - konradkurze (09/19/2013) [-]
ahhhhh
the skill of causing fear without actually having to do anything.....

the feels
User avatar #96 - shinigamigod (09/19/2013) [-]
The right of passage for a boy into manhood in Sparta was to sneak out of their training camp, find a slave and kill them without being spotted.
User avatar #13 - evilsqueakers (09/19/2013) [-]
First, Spartan children were actually forced to leave home before they were teenagers, i think 10-12 years of age. Parents would often leave food around the villages in place they knew their children would look. Most parents didn't want their children to starve. If a family had enough money, they would also leave coins so the children would have be able to buy shelter for the night.

Second, yes spartan women were trained. They were trained so that they were able to fend off the spartan men they didn't want for marriage or a lover. If a woman were to beat a spartan man in battle she was allowed to choose her own husband. The women were also left alone most of the time, hence why they were trained, and were often the caretaker and provider for their families when their husband went to battle.

Third, From what I read about Spartans fighting. They usually were sneaky about it. Usually planning days in advance for a battle. They were silent because they wanted to have they advantage on their opponents. From a few battles I have read they attacked at night on their unsuspecting enemies, cause death and chaos making it harder for the opposing side to fight back.

In other words, Spartans kick ass, take names and showed no mercy.
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