Research Ramblings: The Spartan Citizenry, Part 8

As noted in my May 2, 2014 post, Spartan warriors were an interesting bunch, and I’m continuing my series on them with today’s fact:

After graduating from the Agoge, a boy had to get elected to a common mess.

Military ability wasn’t enough to ensure citizenship; a boy had to prove himself socially as well by securing a place in a common mess. These dining messes were more than just a place to eat. They were more like fraternities or clubs. Some were more exclusive and desirable than others, and the most exclusive were the ones where the Kings dined. If a youth failed to get elected to a common mess by the time he reached twenty, he would lose his citizenship.

Tune in next week for more about the Spartans!

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