Role Of Class Roles During Ancient Spartan Civilization

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Peyton Hollier Professor B. Magee Honors 103 1 November 2015 Crucial Aspects of Class Roles in Ancient Spartan Civilization The civilization of Ancient Sparta was comprised of four distinct classes. The men, women, Perioikio, and Helots all held important roles that allowed the society to function as it did. The men primarily served in military service and politics. The women has the primary goal of wifehood and motherhood. The Perioikio were freemen but not citizens of Sparta. They had to provide military service and dealt with the trade, manufacture, and crafts. Helots, the serfs or bondsmen of Sparta, served as agriculture supply and aided in times of war. These responsibilities and their interactions, led to a powerful, militaristic, and intertwined society. Although the result was interior decomposition of the state, the influence from these practices has been felt since. From birth, Spartans has to be strong. Any newborn that was sick, deformed, or weak was abandoned and left for dead. At age seven, they began a grueling education regimen. In their education, they were taught that their lives belonged to the state. The education itself was one of a physical nature rather than academic one. Although gymnastics and military were valued above literacy and arts, academia was not forgotten. For the men, great amounts of discipline was involved in their learning. Fighting amongst the students was encouraged. Even the religious festivals involved several students
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