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Did Sparta Achieve Her Goal Sparta is the most formidable city known in history Famous for her impressive military power she proved that strength didnt lie in numbers it lay in Spartan discipline Sparta started out as a small city fighting only to survive against enemy invaders Her goal was to avoid defeat from other city-states and she very nearly succeeded in achieving it Using self-denial strong discipline and harsh training Sparta focused almost all her attention on achieving her goal Known as the tamer of men her strength made all but Spartan men shrink in fear However Sparta did not wage war any more lightly then any other army she simply waged it better Despite the cold military driven surface Sparta often engaged in merriment Festivals were celebrated with vigor men were good to their families and their women were renowned for their beauty Nevertheless they always refused to become distracted from their purpose Civil wars and ancient rivalries made it painfully clear that Sparta had no intention of allowing Athens or any other rival take over However she was still quite willing to join arms with the same rivals to fight off foreign invaders When Greece was threatened by Persia Sparta halted her competition with Athens and relentlessly fought back the enemy forces After her triumph over the Persians Spartas temporary peace with Athens was short-lived The Greeks soon returned to their petty affairs For 75 years Sparta and Athens fought for supremacy Eventually Sparta won but in doing so she finally allowed all of Greece to witness her tragic flaw Militarily Sparta was more than impressive However in many of the city-states she now had in her power she set up harsh discipline and dictatorships This proved that Spartas weakness lay in organizing peace among her new found successes When the disaster of Spartas catastrophic defeat from little Thebes reached her people they continued to celebrate their Youth Festival refusing to show
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