Discovery Essay

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The Spartan army. So many things have been said about them, so many historians and influential writers have praised them, but are they really the ultimate fighting force so many have told us to be? Well, through recent research and studying of sources, we can tell you that they were the ultimate fighting force, and during this speech, you will see exactly how they were.The Spartan citizens devoted their lives to training for the army, from even when the boys were born; they were either killed if they thought the boy wouldn't be fit enough or make it through the first stage of their training for the army. At the age of seven, the boys would be taken from their mothers, a truly harsh thing for a mother to go through and then from there on in, they would train day in and day out to make sure that they could fulfil a role in this legendary and fearful Spartan army. This undergoing of training emphasized their physical, mental and spiritual toughness which could quite get a bit brutal. ...view middle of the document...

Babies found unfitting or with impurities were exposed to the elements on mount tagetus and left to die.This shows the high importance of the army and the control it had over the spartiates life from their day of birth. The influence of the army over the social structure also allows us to see its high importance within Sparta. Spartan society was designed to allow spartiate men the needed for military training and time away with the army. The Spartans enslaved the helots in order to provide food and agricultural labour for these men freeing them of menial chores they might otherwise have to fulfil, providing the time for ever needed training, drills and exercise required by the general.On the other side of the army they had one of the most reliable fighting formations, the phalanx, with the most dedicated and focused soldiers the ancient world had ever seen, the hoplites of Sparta, making them the most feared opponent. Even Sparta's enemies respected their military talent. From this statement, it is almost proof of how ultimate they really were.Hoplites were the heavily armed infantry of the Greek states. The bronze figure of a Spartan hoplite shows us that they were to wear a crimson cloak and groomed hair, Lycurgus also stated the details about the cloak and hair. No hoplites fought as an individual, but instead they fought as one strong and mighty unit. Cavalry in Sparta was uncommon, and the only ones who rode horses were the rich. Sparta also didn't have archers, as they saw this as cowardly not to fight hand to hand.The Spartan soldiers took pride in how they presented themselves. It was the key aspect of Spartan life and culture. The army influenced areas such as education and social structure as well as being the most important defence of Sparta in both combat and reputation. They would live as one city, army, and family, and die as one too. On the contrary, it seems that Spartans would consider such pursuits or frivolities to be their last priority given their excellent reputation as brave courageous men and as a people who lived a conservative lifestyle for the purpose of preserving their honour and honing their self-control. This undoublty proves that they are the most worthy and formidable armies in this whole entire world and that they shouldn't be underestimated.

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