Equality: The Virtues Of Spartan Society

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Most aspects of Spartan society were based around the three virtues proclaimed in the Great Rhetra: equality, austerity, and military fitness. Equality manifested in Spartan society with the admission to the Ekklesian assembly, and through social institutions including the agoge and syssitia. The virtues of austerity and military fitness manifested in the minimalistic lifestyle the Spartans lived; strengthened in the agoge and the spartan army. Austerity was taught from an early age, with a neglectant style of parenting adopted to teach their children obedience.

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