πŸ”₯ Lycurgus and the origin of the Agoge: Do you have what it takes to be a Spartan?

When told by an Athenian that speech was the most powerful of all, King Agis’ replied:
Then when you are silent, you are worthless.

Talk is cheap.

Anyone can say they are going to do something, or use words to entice, captivate or enthrall. But when the rubber meets the road. It's what you do that matters.

There are a whole lot of armchair and barstool experts out there. What the world needs, is less of those.

Everyone follows a man that puts his money where his mouth is.

Which one are you? 



Around 479 BC, there was something brought into place called the Agoge. This came about from a man named Lycurgus, (Literally meaning: "Wolf-Deed" or "Deed of a Wolf")

Lycurgus was of royal descent, but left Sparta to go to the Island of Crete for a long period. He learned a lot about other cultures, societies and reform. Sparta begged him to return, he went, but with the intent to make some fundamental changes.

One of the first changes he made was making a senate of 28 men who would have equal power to the two royal houses of Sparta.

After creating the senate, Lycurgus addressed the question of land ownership. The rich had a lot of land, the poor had very little. It created an unstable balance of power. Lycurgus divided up the land equally, so that merit, not money became the measure of a man's worth.

Lycurgus banned gold and silver, and even made money out of iron, so that when it was overused it was brittle and worthless. Bribery and robbery immediately vanished.

All useless occupations were also banished in Sparta. If you weren't contributing to society, you needed to find a different job. With no wealth or luxuries, all of the evil and deception that comes along with it were gone.

All meals were to be eaten together, in mess halls. Everyone ate the same thing. No longer were there special foods or delicacies that only the rich were able to indulge in. Thus, no one was able to sit and lounge eating whatever their hearts desired. No longer could they ruin their bodies or their minds. When they had wealth, they required more things to satisfy their cravings.

Boys began their training at age 7, and women were encouraged to exercise and run so that when they had babies they would be strong. Women also had to dance naked in front of the boys often, and the fear of having to do that made it so that they kept their bodies in great shape for fear of humiliation. 

Spartan women were the most beautiful and strongest in Greece. They were also good judges of manhood.   As one historian captures: A foreign lady once remarked to the wife of a Spartan commander that the women of Sparta were the only women in the world who could rule men.  "We are the only women who raise men," the Spartan lady replied. 

Spartans were taught to say a lot with only a few words. Children learned the habit of long silence so that when they did speak, they actually had something worth saying, and people took notice.

"Lycurgus did not intend for Sparta to conquer and rule other cities.  His opinion was that the happiness of a nation, like the happiness of a man, consists in the exercise of virtue, and not in power or wealth.   His laws were for the purpose of making the Spartans free-minded, self-reliant, and sober.  Many philosophers have left behind plans for perfect governments, but Lycurgus was the author -- not merely in writing but in reality -- of a complete philosophical state, which others could not even copy." - Source


No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.
— Socrates


The Spartan way of life, is one devoid of luxury, vanity, useless things such as McDonald's happy meals, Netflix, Movie Theaters, Social Media, iPhone's, and anything that requires excess.

Am I saying that those things are bad...Yes, and No. In the grand scheme of things, they don't really add any value to your life.

Living in the moment, focusing on virtue, character, and making yourself better are far more rewarding and reputable despite what this world may tell you. 

I like building this website and helping men. I like connecting with others that have the same ideas as me. This is my way of doing it. 

Men are drawn to the movie "Fight Club" for the same reasons. Consumerism is the joke. 

We have become a society that wants the next best thing, and feels like we "Need to Have" something or we are "Missing out". It's all crap.


Focus on improving yourself. Then with your household. Then others.

If you can't take care of your own crap, and take ownership of yourself, then you are not helping anyone.

Viewing your BMW, khakis, job title, and cool gadgets as your status symbol is a waste of time. Those things have no value, and if your value is derived from them, then you yourself have no value.

Let me know your thoughts.

If you like this, share it, spread the word. Men need to hear it. It's time.

- Stephen

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