Research Ramblings: Spartan Women Part 8

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 were fed the same amount of Spartan boys.

This was might sound weird, but most Greeks allotted their daughters smaller portions than their sons. The fact that the Spartans fed their children equally struck their contemporaries as odd enough for commentary. As an aside, some historians believe that this kind of systematic malnutrition plus early marriage/childbirth, contributed to the high mortality rate of young women in Athens.

Tune in next week for more about the Spartan women!


One response to “Research Ramblings: Spartan Women Part 8

  1. Pingback: Research Ramblings: Spartan Women Part 9 | Keeping It In Canon ...mostly

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