Research Ramblings: Spartan Women Part 6

As noted in my January 9, 2014 post, the lives of Spartan women were completely unlike those of their Greek sisters, and I’m continuing my series on these differences with today’s fact:

Spartan girls received an education similar (but separate) to Spartan boys.

Keep in mind, Spartan schooling is a bit different than what we think of as education today. Remember, their goal was to produce good soldiers. While all Spartan children probably learned to read and write, there was a lot more emphasis on physical training, and girls competed in events such as wrestling, running, and horsemanship.  Girls also performed in choirs so we know their education included music.

In contrast, Athenian girls, unlike their brothers, received no formal education. Their primary role in life was to keep house and weave/spin, and those tasks they learned from their mothers. That’s not to say there weren’t girls that might have learned how to read and write at home, but a woman certainly wasn’t expected to have such knowledge.

Tune in next week for more about the Spartan women!


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