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Comparison of Athens and Sparta

The city-states of Athens and Sparta represented opposite ends of of the political, social, and economic spectrum. Spartans had a strong army but were overly cautious and generally lacked any creativity or excitement of mind. Athenians, on the other hand, were open to new ideas and always eager to learn. They had been educated to think and act as a free people. In many ways the individual was more important than the state. Like other city-states, Athens struggled between rich and poor. The three most famous leaders, however, were able to compromise and avoid civil war creating a democracy.