Spartan training began in infancy. The Spartans would determine whether or not the child could become a strong solider by bathing him in wine rather than water. The baby's reaction determined if it would become a warrior or if it would be disposed of or trained as a helot.
Life as a Child in Sparta- Men Age 20
Boys were taken from their mothers at the age of 7 to begin training. The years they spent with their mothers was considered as their education, the rest of their lives focused on training hard and becoming strong.
Life as a Child in Sparta- Men Age 30
Stories were told to the young boys to encourage them to become strong. For example, one story summarizes the notion that although boys were encouraged to scrounge for food, they were punished if they were caught.
Life as a Child in Sparta- Men Age 60
At age 20, the students had to pass a test to gain an aristocratic membership in the community. If they failed, they had to become perioeci (middle class).
If they passed this test, they continued to train. They were, however, able to live with their families at the age of 30.
At age 60, the Spartan men were finally able to retire from military service. Their hard work had paid off and they were then able to spend time with their families