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Sparta Uncultured Discipline The Spartans were the most formidable warriors in all of history They dedicated their entire lives to warfare They were taught to endure cold hunger pain their courage on the battlefield was second to none The Spartan code was to fight hard follow orders without question and to die rather then retreat or surrender To achieve all this Sparta sacrificed everything the arts culture and other things that make life worth while I believe the price was to high they went to far and shut off all that was creative and human in Sparta A culture that cant change or adapt doesnt survive This is exactly what happened after a single major defeat in 360 BC Sparta was no longer a significant factor in the region Isaac Asimov 1965 p 178 The original founders of modern Sparta were the Dorians At around 1100 BC these savages came from the north into what is today Greece They attacked the Mycenean civilization thriving there and quickly defeated them The secret behind the remarkable victories against the Myceneans was iron the Dorians knew how to forge iron weapons which completely outclassed the bronze weaponry of the Myceneans Carl Roebuck 1966 p 119 In Mycenean times Sparta had been a important city but after Dorian conquest it sank to insignificance Over the next three hundred years it recovered and began to prosper By 800 BC it ruled over the region called Lacedonia Up to about 650 BC Sparta was pretty much like every other Greek state They had music art and poetry During the seventh century a musician named Terpander came to Sparta and established himself their He is called the father of Greek music hes also supposed to off improved the lyre a harp like instrument The most widely known Spartan musician was Tyrtaeus He lived during the
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