Since this is about the 'real' Sparta, you might enjoy the following from somewhere on the net (not my work);
At age 12 Boys were paired up with a soldier who provided food, shelter, and sexual relations.
Did i mention that homosexuality amongst male Spartans is compulsory?
They believed that it incouraged bonds between soldiers who needed to work so well together in combat. If one were to get scared and run he would leave the man next to him open to attack.
In fact when the men came of age they would have to join one of an assortment of social clubs. You could only get in by votes from people already in it so it's a safe bet that you would have to be gay in order to get in.
If you did get in, you would be given an estate and slaves to support you and your potential family. If you couldn't get in, you would be nothing.
This amount of ignorance and audacity can not be left without an answer. Can the author please provide sources for this awful lies,other than wikipedia or similar ''scientific'' reference.
To educate you, only thing compulsory in Sparta was marriage with women,WE HAVE EVIDENCE..people who did not marry were punished,and could even be stripped out of their citizen status,the biggest punishment of all.NOTHING ELSE,it was not even meant to provide shelter as you said.. And if you see ''male clubs'' gay,that that is your problem,but they were everything but gay..Such an idiocy at display here it is unbelievable.
Male clubs or συσσίτια to be precise,was meal group,club if you want, where they sat drank some wine,not too much in Sparta,drank people were whipped,and ate.Talking and joking,settling arguments and quarrels,WE HAVE A PROOF FOR THAT AND NOT ANY MENTION ANYWHERE OF THE SEXUAL RELATIONS OF ANY KIND, EVEN WITH WOMEN. Groups like that are not uncommon today either. And all got in when turned certain age,so there was not really an IF THEY GOT IN story you falsely represented. And being queer to get in I will not even comment.Safe bet??????????????
As for male bondage, I was training wrestling for 14 years. We were best buddies,the 4 of us,traveling to competitions,training,even eating,to of them were roommates in university. We are still very close.We train still,and training in wrestling is done with very little clothes.One of them is was my best man/godfather at wedding.If you add the war part,and multiply the number 4 to 16,you get the Spartan group(you do realize Sparta was 5 villages,not all people had that bondage between themselves,not even in the same oba/village) Now do you mean to tell me I am gay,or any of us. Would you think that was a ''safe bet'' ..Now I dont know if insulting is permitted on this forum,but the safe bet is you could not sell that sick story to my face and live.Think about that when you throw such disgustful lie about someone else's history.
I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR YOU PEOPLE NOT TO MAKE UP HISTORY AND SHAPE IT TO YOUR IMAGINATION!!!!! I understand notion of history is very relative across the Atlantic,the nation itself is 200 y.o.(Little younger than my university.) and most of it written by Holywood. But that does not mean it is a joke.Just because it sounds cool,and Hollywood is making money on fooling with ancient Greek people,does not mean you can treat them like cartoon characters. And especially if you come to a crazy idea to actually visit Greece,saying that could get you physically hurt pretty bad.
The book on post number two is written by Prof Paul Cartledge.Whom I recently had a discussion on other issue.He won,and made me revise some of the points.But that particular book is about later Classical times,when Sparta was not in it’s peak.The peak lasted around the Thermopyles and death of Pausanias the leader of Plateia later in decade. So that book can not be used as a reference to the ‘’golden age’’ of Sparta,when most of the picture we have about them was shaped.
And to end issue once for all. There is pottery evidence on homosexuality in Athens. There is even more evidence reference on group sex in Athens yet we dont say they all did it in 3-4 somes, don’t we.
As for Sparta,there was virtually NO MENTION OF HOMOSEXUALITY UNLESS IT WAS BANNING OF IT. All confusion started when some Victorian idiot wrongly translated word ‘’lover’’ in it’s form that suggest physical relation,which it did not.Every Greek will tell you that. If he understood the meaning of ‘’lover’’ as mentor,the love you have to your friend of teacher to her students, almost father child relation.we would not talk bout this issue(Read Pressfield on this male relation,he explained it well). But the idiot victorian did not,and the picture started to be shaped to fit the homosexual context,everything was put in that context. AND I CAN NOT BELIEVE HOW FAR IT ACTUALLY WENT, HOW FAR GAYS WENT IN ADVERTISING THIS LIE, AND WHAT KINDS OF SICK PICTURES DID THEY MAKE,like our friend nameless above.