Spartans Fearless Warriors

The Spartan army which was led by the Greeks had fairly simple but very effective fighting techniques. To begin with they would line up with their shields touching and have long spears pointing out to stop the enemy. The reason they did this is there wasn't enough room for every man for himself but if it came to it the Spartans had short curved swords to help them in close combat. They wore bronze breastplates and a helmet equipped with cheek guards. They had shields to protect them from arrows and they had javelins to pierce the enemies amour.

The Spartan army had very strange training techniques. First they would take seven year old boys and train in military, tactics, strategy, fighting skills, and history. Then they would make the two boys fight to the death. Next they would learn more in the tactics and history. After years of sparing and training the boys would fight their teacher. If they won they would be able to become apart of the spartan army

Boy being taken to start spartan training

The Spartans are brave fearless fighters with amazing fighting skills and techniques. Although the Persians are high in numbers but not as good at fighting and other techniques. The Spartans were well organized in their formation while the Persians army was sometimes more every man for himself in combat. The Persians were alike with the Spartans because the men played the dominate role in the civilization. Another similarity is that they both loved wine.

The Greek army and their King Leonidas were in a battle against the Persians. This was the battle of Thermopylae. In the battle most of the Greek army fled leaving 300 Spartans and King Leonidas against thousands of Persians. As a result they were outnumbered. Since they were outnumbered the King and all the remaining Spartans died in battle.

Battle of Thermopylae

The problem for the Spartans was they were outnumbered and lost the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. To solve this the Greeks rallied up more Spartans to attack about 200,000 Persians that beat them. The Spartans wanted revenge on the Persian army. Along with the about 5,000 Spartans the Greek army also rallied other soldiers which added up to about around 40,000 in all. The Greeks met up with the Persians near the city of Plataea in Boeotia. It was a long and gruesome battle and even though the Greeks were outnumbered again they finally got their revenge on the Persians.

Battle of Plataea


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