Sparta was one of the best known City-states of Ancient Greece. But during the classical period it was a very different place.

Sparta was ruled by two Kings and a council o Elders.

Spartan bronze and ivory workers produced beautiful objects and poetry flourished. Objects from this period provide evidence of this highpoint in Spartan culture.

Spartan craftsmen produced beautiful bronze figures like this banqueter.

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During the 5th Century BC Sparta was very powerful. This was due to there army which was feared by other Greeks.
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Here women led more active lives, as this would improve their physical strength and their ability to have healthy babies. Our boys were educated in a way that emphasised their physical fitness, courage and obedience.

Sparta has had its own slave population, who we call Helots.

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