A history of lycergus the leader of ancient sparta

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Sparta was now at the peak of its power. He had the true foundation of sovereignty: a nature born to rule, and a talent for inspiring obedience. For as in other matters, so here, the cries of the assembly decided between the competitors.

But some say that Lycurgus distributed only six thousand lots among the Spartans, and that three thousand were afterwards added by Polydorus; others still, that Polydorus added half of the nine thousand to the half distributed by Lycurgus. But for his own part, he sacrificed again to the god, took affectionate leave of his friends and of his son, and resolved never to release his fellow-citizens from their oath, but of his own accord to put an end to his life where he was.

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In conjunction with Iphitus, Lycurgus is said to have established the sacred armistice of Olympia, which prohibited all wars during the Olympic festivals, and protected the territory of the Eleians for ever against all hostile attacks. In that way both she and Lycurgus would maintain power in Sparta. Then, if the omens from the sacrifice were favorable, the king commanded the pipers to play the hymn to Castor, and they moved in step toward pain and death, filled with deliberate valor. Possibly there is some virtue in this number being made up of seven multiplied by four, apart from the fact that, being equal to the sum of its own factors, it is the next perfect number after six. For all this they had to thank their lawgiver; since their artisans were now freed from useless tasks, and displayed the beauty of their workmanship in objects of constant and necessary use. Another was directed against extravagance, ordaining that every house should have its roof fashioned by the axe, and its doors by the saw only, and by no other tool. They considered it uncivilized to slaughter an enemy who was not fighting but running for his life. To maintain this position, every feature in the constitution, down to the minutest detail, was calculated. Their jokes were not frivolous, but were always based on something worth thinking about. Good men, and the happiness they enjoyed, were what Thales sang about. The import of luxuries ceased and Plutarch explains that "robbery and bribery vanished from Sparta instantly". But for his own part, he sacrificed again to the god, took affectionate leave of his friends and of his son, and resolved never to release his fellow-citizens from their oath, but of his own accord to put an end to his life where he was. This is the reason why foreigners sometimes brought Spartan nurses for their children. Every year they deliver speeches over them, and hold a contest in which none may compete except Spartans," he wrote. This radical lifestyle differentiated the Spartans once again from other Greeks of their time.

Lycurgus had already decided that some fundamental changes would have to be made in Sparta. The laws of Lycurgus purported to be utterances of the Delphic oracle, and were called rhetra.

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This oracle Lycurgus wrote down, and sent it to Sparta. Sparta reached the height of its power in B. For as sexual incontinence generally produces unfruitfulness and sterility, so intemperance in talking makes discourse empty and vapid. Lycurgus, moreover, in memory of his misfortune, built a temple to Athena Optilitis, so called from "optilus," which is the local Doric word for eye. For instance, they would force them to drink too much strong wine, and then introduce them into their public messes, to show the young men what a thing drunkenness was. With the ad hoc contributions of Plutarch's peers, allowing the cross-referencing of facts and dates, the life of Lycurgus has been pieced together Plutarch was not one to let a little truth interfere with fact, stating categorically that Lycurgus "was descended from Hercules". A true leader himself creates the obedience of his followers. She always took the lead of the aristocratical, as Athens did of the democratical party. Supreme Court building. They preferred order, even coupled with suppression, to anarchy and confusion. S Jones and H.

The helots the Spartans brought with them were also killed. The candidate thus rejected is said to have been "caddished," for "caddichus" 12 is the name of the bowl into which they cast the pieces of bread.

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This is the reason why foreigners sometimes brought Spartan nurses for their children. In compensation for the loss of power, the kings enjoyed great honours, both during their life and after their death, which at Sparta might almost be thought extravagant.

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However, once the baby was born, by right, he was to eventually be king. The Spartan constitution was of a mixed nature: the monarchical principle was represented by the kings, the aristocracy by the senate, and the democratical element by the assembly of the people, and by their representatives, the ephors. The task of sorting out what is real about the Spartans from what is myth has been made more difficult because many of the ancient accounts were written by non-Spartans. For all this they had to thank their lawgiver; since their artisans were now freed from useless tasks, and displayed the beauty of their workmanship in objects of constant and necessary use. The question has therefore arisen, what the prominent feature of the Spartan constitution was. Ruins of an ancient theater sit near the modern city of Sparta, Greece. After the woman was thus carried off, the bride's-maid, so called, took her in charge, cut her hair off close to the head, put a man's cloak and sandals on her, and laid her down on a pallet, on the floor, alone, in the dark. Nothing was so dangerous as a turbulent popular assembly, nothing could tempt so much either the subject population to aspire to equality, or a demagogue to procure it for them, and thus to acquire tyrannical power for himself. He was convinced that a partial change of the laws would be of no avail whatsoever, but that he must proceed as a physician would with a patient who was debilitated and full of all sorts of diseases; he must reduce and alter the existing temperament by means of drugs and purges, and introduce a new and different regimen. The work also said that he came to power after his brother, the king at the time, died. Here he is said to have met either with Homer himself, or at least with the Homeric poems, which he introduced into the mother country. As Terpander said of the Spartans: Their spear was strong, their music sweet, And Justice kept an honored seat. The Persian army proceeded south, sacking Athens and threatening to break into the Peloponnese. Still the principle of monarchy was very weak among the Spartans, although their life resembled more that of the camp than that of a town. When the Athenians arrived, however, the Spartans refused their help.

Athens was now forced to make peace on Sparta's terms. A true leader himself creates the obedience of his followers.

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Plutarch • Life of Lycurgus