Spartan Habits - An Overview

 

The Spartans were not as materialistic as we have become accustomed to in our western world.

They were unusual, even in their time.

They were unorthodox, cunning and disciplined.

When it came to training, combat, and killing. They were unparalleled.

Recently, I knew nothing about Spartan History other than what I had seen on TV or in the movies. Everyone has heard of the battle of Thermopylae and King Leonidas, but very few know how that part of Sparta came to be, or what kind of training was done daily.

Spartans actually enjoyed lots of freedom. Yes, they were extremely disciplined and focused, but that kind of discipline creates freedom.

The busyness that we "feel" in our daily lives, was almost eliminated in Spartan culture. The need to "earn money" was not nipping at their heels. Wealth was almost meaningless, it was not measured against anything. 

Special foods and delicacies were not welcome among Spartans, they all ate the same thing, and were required to do so daily.

 
Everyone wants to be a Spartan, until it comes time to do Spartan stuff
— Trent Dull
 

I read a book by Paul Cartledge called "The Spartans: The world of the warrior-heroes of ancient Greece". It is the most comprehensive book that I have read on Spartan History. Not only did I read it but I was also able to catch up with Professor Cartledge.

I asked him several questions to which he gave me an answer to each one.

The next few posts will be about these questions as they relate to daily habits that the Spartans had. Three of the questions are as follows:

  1. What were some of the daily habits of the Spartans, aside from physical activity?
  2. Was Lycurgus a real man or Not?
  3. What were some of the weapons training or combat training? Do you know how they practiced?

I hope you stick around for this exciting adventure in to Spartan Culture. 

Stay Tuned.

- Stephen