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The Spartan armys superiority in battle was a reflection of the values they had learned more than their tactics on the battlefield. Discuss.

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?The Spartan army?s superiority in battle was a reflection of the values they had learned more than their tactics on the battlefield.? The Spartan Army was widely considered one of the greatest military states in the whole of Greece. It was one of the leading states in Greece with its Army standing at the centre of the Spartan state, a Spartans purpose in life was to serve the state and fight for the welfare of Spartans. Spartans were subjected to military drills right from birth; this was so the intensity of war was experienced well before they actually took part in combat. When Sparta was at its height in the 6th to 4th centuries BC, it was commonly accepted that "one Spartan was worth several men of any other state." ...read more.

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Even from birth they were tested, if they were not capable enough even as a baby they would be left for dead outside of Sparta where they would either die, become adopted (if they were lucky) and would never become a Satiate. They were inducted into the agog by the age of seven and they trained everyday up to the age of 18. They were constantly trained; they fought bare and trained with their masters. They lived with their masters who taught them all about the phalanx and military tactics. Trials conducted started from birth as they were left in darkrooms on their own and were bathed in wine. They learnt of indolence at a very young age. As they grew they were left to fend for themselves, they had to steal for food and fight for their safety against wild beats. ...read more.

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Soldiers advanced together in a tight formation which meant that the formation was perfect. Soldiers had their shield raised in their left hand which protected the man beside them. Each soldier trusted with their spears in a consistent formation and if a man fell, the man behind would step forward to take his place. The Phalanx became an epic turnout for the Spartans resulting in a glorious defeat in Thermopylae which although was lost, it scattered Persian troops by their sheer loss of numbers so the Spartans could eventually ride them out of Greece. This meant that the phalanx played a key part in the success of the Spartan army. The reasons above are the reasons for why the Spartans were superior in battle. Sparta owed their military superiority to the values they had learnt and also the tactics they had learnt in battle. The combination of the two made them a force not to be reckoned with. ...read more.

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