Research Ramblings: Spartan Women Part 14

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 women did not make a spectacle mourning the deceased.

Elsewhere in ancient Greece, the passing of a loved one was occasion for a spectacle. Women played a major role in funerals, and rites included a procession with wailing, dirges, beating of breasts, and tearing of hair.

This kind of lamentation was forbidden among the Spartans. Women did not make a show of their grief but were expected to go on with life as usual. And if a man died in combat, they were supposed to celebrate his death, not weep over his remains. Not that they’d have any remains to weep over. If a soldier fell on the battlefield, they buried him there.

Tune in next week for more about the Spartan women!


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