This is Sparta: Fierce warriors of the ancient world - Craig Zimmer
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Interested in how Spartan training was done? Visit the The Shrine of Artemis Orthia and learn about the practices that were done there by both the Spartans and later the Romans. Spartan training turned Spartan boys into living weapons. They were at peak physical perfection and learned to survive in extreme circumstances. They learned how to best use their body on the battlefield to give them a further advantage over their enemies. This would make Sparta’s army a deadly force to fight against.
What made them even more dangerous was when you put weapons in their hands! They could effectively use every thing they carried as a means of defeating their enemy. Even the Spartan shield was a weapon that could kill. But perhaps the most effective weapon that the Spartans employed was the military tactic known as the phalanx which saw the Spartans line-up as a collective force that would see the back rows push forward to give traction to the warriors in front of them. Then the front three rows would kill by thrusting their spears forward into the enemy ranks.
Are there any remains of the Spartans that you can still visit today? Take a look at this video: Ancient Greek Ruins – Sparta and find out!
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