Greek City-state of Sparta and Athens

             The Greek city-state of Sparta and Athens both had times of greatness although their values and forms of government were very different .Sparta was very militaristic, they had the most powerful army in Greece from 600 BC. To 371 BC. The Athenians did not worry about war very much they concentrated on learning and art.

             The values and government of Athens can be described in the following ways . Athenian government was a democracy. Two of the reformers that helped Athens become a democracy were Solon and Cleisthenes. In 594 BC. Solon known for his fairness was given full power to reform the laws. He aimed at improving Athens economy.

             Cleisthenes, another reformer convinced the Athenians to except another series of laws that made Athens a full democracy.

             The values and government of Sparta can be described in the following ways. Sparta was very militaristic. When an infant was born it was examined, if it was not healthy it was left in the hills to die. If it was healthy, they stayed with their mothers until they were seven. Then they were sent to military barrocks. Spartans.

             Did not care about education and arts. The Spartans concentrated mainly on there military.

             In my opinion , the city-state of Athens was greater because. Even though a good strong army is important a good education is critical. Athens idea of a democracy was very important in the history our government. I also favor the Athenians values on children. The Spartans must have been pretty heartless to leave a baby to die on a hillside. Athenians also had good contributions to the history of arts. .

             The Greek city-state of Sparta and Athens each contributed to the culture and traditions of western civilization. The Spartans contributed many ideas in militaristic strategies. Were the Athenians contributed the idea of a democracy. .





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