The Spartan Warriors.

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ABSTRACT: The Spartan Warriors is a research paper about the ancient warrior culture of Sparta that rose to empowerment over the Grecian Peninsula. This paper speaks in depth specifically about the issues of the warrior culture...Training, culural neglects, and problems that resulted in having an ALL WARRIOR society. JPK


In society today the term "warrior" is used loosely and sometimes even associated with an athlete training for a specific event. By the fifth century B.C., Sparta designed a culture solely for training soldiers, a warrior culture. The problem with the design of a warrior culture is not in the fighting capabilities of the group, but in the lack of an artistic legacy that was lost during the life of a fighting culture.

Prior to the forming of the military community of Sparta there is evidence of a society rich in culture. Archaeologists have found vase paintings depicting fish, snakes, plants, and kings.

The illustrations on the dishes of Sparta showed increasing skill in drawing of human dimensions and animal characteristics. The city-state of Sparta had been formed as a cultural center that produced not only pottery but was noted for its festivals of song and dance as well. Other types of craftsmanship included wood, metalworking, weaver, and leather. The Spartan culture would soon end after they invaded Messenia and were forced to spend a considerable amount of manpower to control the new slave population.

In the military community of the rulers and soldiers of Sparta there was a very strict regiment of training. Training began at the age of seven when a young male Spartan was moved from his mother's side to the military barracks. The physical training continued until the age of thirty and was not limited to the men. All citizens were expected to...