Athens and Sparta Family Life (Week 15 Essay)

Athens and Sparta family life were really different in Ancient Greece, and today, I’ll talk about them.

First, Athens. Athens family life was a more civil than Sparta’s. Athens family life was also very strong (and encouraged), for the wanted to strengthen family name. However, not everything was so great. There was a clear issue between males and females in Athens. Women had secluded lives, mostly because men were afraid of their wives being unfaithful, so the only times she would go out in public was to a religious festival, a birth, or a funeral. Women would get married at 15 and men in their 30s. And even if she would do a whole lot of things for her husband, he could easily divorce her, and if he did, he got to take all of their children with him.

But anyway…

Right after birth, the father decided if the baby should be kept or not. If not, he would throw the baby out on the streets, and it would either die or be adopted as a slave.

Children’s education was as strong in Athens family life. When they turned 7, boys could go to school and received basic education if they were poor. However, if they were rich, they could attend three classes which specialized in grammar, math, and art.

Next, Sparta. Young married couples in Sparta could not be seen in public together. Family loyalty was thought to weaken the state, so extreme measures were taken.

All men ate in mess halls, even the king. At age 7 years old, all boys were taken to military barracks and barely ever got to see their family. They were taught to take life hard, even at this early of an age.

In conclusion, Athens were more civil for personal lives, while Sparta demanded boys to fight, even at a young age.

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Alright so, I just found this in my drafts and decided to upload it.  Okay, see ya.

 

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