10 Facts About Ancient Spartans You Probably Didn’t Know

#8. Beating and flogging as part of rituals

One of the most brutal ritual practice called the “contest of endurance” involved flogging adolescent males in front of an altar of Artemis Orthia. Later on when Sparta came under Roman Empire, the practice was turned into a sport and even an amphitheater was created so that people could watch.

#9. Spartan men were not allowed to live with their wives until 30

Spartan men were not allowed to live with their wives until 30

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The Spartan society required that men marry at 30 and women at 20 as men were required to complete their military training. Any couple who married before that was forced to live separately until the male completed his military service.

#10. Lifelong soldiers

Lifelong soldiers

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No other occupation existed for Spartan males. Military service was their only option and they were expected to fulfill their duties until the age of 60.

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