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History 6, Review Lesson 15 – Family Life in Ancient Greece

Families now days vary in ways, how they discipline, how they treat their children, and what kind of food they eat! Athens and Sparta, the two most important city-states in Ancient Greece, led very different family lives. In this essay you will learn about Athenians and Spartans way of life.

The Athenians families are kind of like ours present day. Fathers go to work, Mothers stay at home and take care of the house, and children went to school or helped around the house. While the Spartans trained everyone to be in the army from a young age.

Athenian boys were sent to school to learn at age seven, a Spartan boy were taught to steal and live a hard life and was taken away to a military barrack and never see his family again until he was an adult at age seven.

New, young couples were celebrated in Athens, in Sparta young couples weren’t allowed to be seen together in public.

Athenians enjoyed family dinners; Spartan men had to eat all meal in the military barracks! Even the king of Sparta!

Athenian boys were sent to school and girls were taught to be good wives. Women couldn’t be seen by themselves in public and didn’t have as many rights as the men did. But life was relatively happier.

Spartan boys were trained to be soldiers since age seven and girls were encouraged to be strong and fit. Women were allowed to be in public by herself and could run the household while the father was away. Spartan women had more rights than Athenian women. But family life was non-existent in Sparta.

If you think about it, some of us lead lives like the Athenians, and some like the Spartans. I live an Athenian style of life. Family first. But I know some people who have a strict way of living, like the Spartans. We’ve evolved, but things haven’t changed that much. Think about it. Thanks for reading!



Author: sophiaelahirpc

Part-time 10th Grade student in the Ron Paul Curriculum. Full-time teen writer living in Singapore.

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