This isn't Sparta

#3
I was a Spartan once. Which is to say I was on a kids league soccer team in the summer called The Spartans. I was also on a team called The Larks, a name that reflected my play style much more accurately.
 
#4
I was in a Spartan once.

I think the local TA had it on display in Gloucester park as part of a recruiting drive during the summer bank holiday weekend.

I wasn't persuaded to join up.
 
#7
I came across this series of blog posts contrasting Sparta in popular myth and the absolutely horrible grim reality of it.

I know how @Guvnor in particular feels, and think he might get something out of it.

https://acoup.blog/2019/08/16/collections-this-isnt-sparta-part-i-spartan-school/
Thanks for that. When I watched 300 several years ago I was struck by the silly individual fighting and not holding the weapons correctly. As I grew up with reading Phil Barker's WRG wargames rules I knew from an early age of the superiority of Phillip II / Alexander combined arms Macedonian Army to a Greek hoplite one! having read this blog I need to re-visit that Bettany Hughes TV programme where she claims that upper class Spartan women had a better life than other upper c;ass women in classical Greece. Again, not a high bar and disregards the other 85% of the population.
 

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#8
Thanks for that. When I watched 300 several years ago I was struck by the silly individual fighting and not holding the weapons correctly. As I grew up with reading Phil Barker's WRG wargames rules I knew from an early age of the superiority of Phillip II / Alexander combined arms Macedonian Army to a Greek hoplite one! having read this blog I need to re-visit that Bettany Hughes TV programme where she claims that upper class Spartan women had a better life than other upper c;ass women in classical Greece. Again, not a high bar and disregards the other 85% of the population.
85%?
 
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