Sparta Vs. Athens: Governmental Organization

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Sparta vs Athens: Governmental Organization
S104506
HIST 1421
University of the People

For individuals in Sparta during the classical Greek period, life was simple. Men were meant to be warriors and women were meant to breed warriors (Brand, 2003). The population of Sparta was made up overwhelmingly of slaves, leading to a military political system. According to Brand (2003), most of the political decision making was done by the Gerousia. The Gerousia consisted of 30 wealthy Spartan aristocrats, who had survived war to the age of 60 (no small feat, when the expectancy was 35 and you could be killed for having a deformity as a baby). Two of these positions were reserved for the two kings of Sparta. The Gerousia was typically conservative and

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