This site is dedicated to throwing some light on those forgotten achievements – and hopefully awakening more curiosity and understanding for this complex and fascinating ancient culture.
Sparta is most commonly known today as the militaristic rival of "enlightened" Athens in ancient Greece. It is remembered for its military accomplishments. Images of a society characterized by brutal, mindless discipline and a merciless emphasis on physical fitness, but lacking artistic and intellectual accomplishments – or even basic literacy – predominate in popular literature.
Yet Plutarch claims that "devotion to the intellect is more characteristic of Sparta than love of physical exercise." In the ancient world Sparta was admired as much for its constitution, its system of education, its diplomacy, economic self-sufficiency, and its music and dance as it was for its famous hoplites.