Sparta, Greece of the Ancient World: Voting But Not Debating, 5 Elected Officials and the Council of Elders, the Concept of Homeoi, Conflict With the Mycenaeans, Becoming a War State, Infanticide, Homosexuality Expected of Students, and the Shifting Definition of a Spartan Citizen

Sparta of Ancient Greece was a looking glass of sorts, as the ingredients expected of a city state were devoid. No single political center was present, no city walls, no public buildings, no written laws, and no currency. Sparta had 2 rival dynasties situated in the same location. The public assembly voted but didn’t debate. 5 people were elected annually to oversee the political administration of this political experiment. Partly radical and partly authoritarian, this system was governed by a c...

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