Research Ramblings: The Spartan Citizenry, Part 15

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:

All citizens participated in the Assembly.

In addition to Sparta’s two Kings and the Gerousia, a council of aristocrat elders, the government included the Assembly of Citizens. The Assembly, which met monthly, elected certain officials and voted on measures such as whether to go to war.

By the way, they voted by shouting. Basically, whichever side was loudest won.

Tune in next week for more about the Spartans!

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