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Athens & Spartans

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1 Athens and Spartans, two of Greece most powerful and intriguing cities share there difference and similarities. The difference and similarities to be discussed are the politics, societies, and the economics. These differences between the two are what have given them the historical relevance they have today, while the similarities are what made the Greece societies shine as well. Athens can be considered as one of the most glorious cities of the ancient world. The Athenian society was far different then its rival Spartans society. The greatest difference would be the up brining, as far from birth until adult hood. The Athenian’s believed in education, philosophy, art, science and of course military training, but of course during this time period men and women were educated very differently. The Athenian men were far more highly educated, while the women not as much. Women were made more objective for men.
“An Athenian boy would be taught at home either by slaves or their mothers until the age of 6 or 7. Then the boys would go to school and learn reading, writing, literature, and arithmetic until they turned 14. During this time the boys also learned wrestling and gymnastics to make sure the boys were strong along with learning how to play the lyre and sing […] Girls on the other hand had a very different training. Their mothers would teach the girls to clean, cook, weave cloth and to spin thread. A few girls also learned ancient secret songs and dances for religious festivals. Around the age of 15 girls married a man much older than the woman”. ("Sparta and Athens" 2010)

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The men and women played different roles, most things men did women could not do, for example be out doors. “Women, on the other hand, should stay inside, teaching female slaves necessary skills, managing the goods brought into the household,…...

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