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Sparta was one of the most powerful city-states in Ancient Greece and probably it earned its status for a good reason Spartans valued strengths of its army probably the most Perhaps on the one side its a really good thing but life its not only war and I dont think that it was really smart to turn every man into killing machine and kill those who could not become one Athens for example became really powerful city-state using different ways and I think people were a bit happier there Boys were taken from their parents and taught to kill from the age of seven and probably not everyone would like that Although its hard to tell if a man never knew different life he might be happy with his life as it is They were taught that it is duty of every citizen and I guess if you are really patriotic you will be happy to serve in name of you country no matter how hard it is Citizens of Sparta were taught to think alike to keep them from fighting because it might encourage slave to rebel They did not surround themselves with luxuries expensive foods or opportunities for leisure Women had a lot more freedom in Sparta than probably in any other city-state and that I think indicates some kind of advanced democracy Sparta was the only one Greek city-state that paid so much attention to education of women But at the same time Spartans kept a lot of Messenian slaves or helots who didnt have any rights They worked small plots of land on estates owned by Spartans part of their produce went to the master of the estate and the remainder went to the helot farmer and his family Spartans would kill those slaves who stand out because they didnt need a leader to lead a possible rebellion Sparta was always in war with the other very powerful city-state Athens These
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