In the over-the-top drama of the movie “300,” we see a legion of muscular warriors (doused in copious amounts of baby oil for effect) preparing for battle. And then their leader, King Leonidas, utters one of the more (in)famous movie quotes of recent decades: “Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight, we dine in hell!” Although his words might’ve been a little overdramatic, they speak directly to the legacy of the Spartans, a warrior breed of ancient times. Ready your spears and swords — how much do you really know about the Spartans?
There's a reason why living quarters that are bare of decoration and somewhat plain and uncomfortable are called "Spartan." This culture eschewed niceties and creature comforts in favor of physical fitness and battle readiness.
If you think modern-day America is a militarized culture, compare the U.S. with the age of Spartans. At an incredibly young age, young boys were taken from their families and indoctrinated into the Spartan way. They weren’t individuals, they were exquisitely-trained cogs in the machinery of war. Do you know how Spartans trained for combat?
Enemy armies quivered in fear of the Spartans, who were known as fanatical and ferocious. Take up arms in this Spartan quiz now!