Athens Vs Sparta Compare And Contrast

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Athens vs Sparta
Ancient Greeks lived around 3,500 years ago and their legacy shapes the world we live in today. Ancient Greece was compromised of small city-states, of which Sparta and Athens were two. Although the competing city-states of Sparta and Athens were individually different as well as governmentally diverse, they both managed to become dominating powers in Ancient Greece. Athens was known as a place of wisdom and learning and their main goal was to create a society with well-balanced attributes, whereas Sparta was renowned for its military as their goal was to build an elite state of soldiers. Both city-states included social structures including three levels. For Athens, the highest place on the social structure were citizens which was equivalent to Sparta’s Spartiates. Next were the Metics and Periokoi who where not as privileged as the upper class but considered luckier than the Slaves and Helots. Men were the main participants in these structures as women in either polis had little to no rights and were expected to become a wife and have children. But the question is, which polis was a better place to live in? It all depended on where you were placed on the social structure.
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They could also be educated and work as tutors or in silver mines. Sometimes slaves could earn wages, unlike the Helots in Sparta. Helots were not paid for their labour but they were clothed and fed. Just like slaves in Athens, Helots often worked the land of the upper class and weren't allowed to leave that land. In time of war, they were forced to go with their master and fight. Historians have estimated that there were around seven Helots per Spartan. Helots and slaves could be both men and women from any age. For slaves there was just a glimmer of hope fro achieve freedom as sometimes slaves were released for their hard work in the

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