Spartan and Athens


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  • Spartan Woman
  • Spartan Men
  • Spartan Children
  • Spartan woman were suppose to stay home, keep pretty, and bear children. They had slaves called helots who did the household chores for them. Women were educated starting at the age of 7. They were trained in athletics like the men, but not as brutally. They got a more formal education but they did not go to boarding schools. They were also trained to protect house with wrestling and javelin.
  • Athenian Woman
  • Spartan Men were professional soldiers until they were 60 years old. They were educated until the age of 30. They also took test to show their physical skills and their leadership abilities. Spartan man lived in barracks from the age of 7-30 and once they were 30, they were allowed to live with their families.
  • Athenian Men
  • Spartan boys went to military training at the age of 7 and were taken from their homes. The main focus of the boys were military training. They were sent to military schools called Agoge at the age of 7 and were trained to be brutal soldiers. At the age of 20 they were sent to the army.Girls also went school and were trained in athletics but as not as brutally as the boys.
  • Athenian Children
  • Athenian woman supervised the house. They did not have to do a lot of things because the slaves did the work while the Athenian Woman had the freedom to do other things. Athenian woman did not get any education because they thought that teaching women was very funny/unnecessary and that should not be done. They lived in houses. They never left their house and they just took care of the things inside the house. They also had a pretty good household depending on their wealth.
  • Athenian Man were farmers or businessmen. They were formally educated until they were 18. When they turned 18 they were forced to join the military and their education was done. Once they were in the military, they were trained from their prior school training. They lived in their homes and could go out unlike women.
  • Athenian girl primary focus was to prepare to be a mother and learn domestic things like weaving, working with textiles, taking care of children, embroidering, and cooking. Girls also stayed home until they got married and moved in with their husband's family. Some of the girls were taught to read and write by someone in the household but no formal education. boys started education at the age of seven years old. By the age of 18 boys were expected to go to military school and graduate 20. They also learned how to use physical weapons in physical education and how to wrestle.
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