Athens And Spart Ancient Greece

902 Words Oct 15th, 2014 4 Pages
Kristy Roeder
Professor Reams
History 1
9 October 2014

Athens and Sparta, two rivals of ancient Greece that made the most noise and gave us the most traditions. Though they were close together on a map, they were far apart in what they valued and also how they lived their lives. Spartan and Athenian society were very different in many parts.
The differences are what set these two apart, and the things they shared in common are what unified them as Greek city-states. Sparta and Athens shared similarities and differences in their systems of government, military, judgment and views of their women. In addition to this, the social gatherings of Athenians and Spartans that were also similar and different.
Both Athens and Sparta had an Assembly, the members were elected by the people. Sparta who was ruled by two kings, the Agiads and Eurypontids, these two kings who mainly served as generals and high priest. Though they had no real power, they were known for their great influences. They ruled until they died or were forced out of office.
Athens was ruled by archons, who were elected annually, severed originally for life, then they served for ten years and eventually only served for just one year. Upon leaving office, they became members of the council of the Areopgaus. Thus, because both parts of Athens ' government had leaders who were elected, Athens is said to have been the origin of democracy, whereas Sparta was a military oligarchy.
Both Athens and Sparta developed their…
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