by Lindsey Lowery, White County Middle School

The purpose of this lesson is to get students interested in ancient Greece by comparing and contrasting Sparta and Athens.

Introduction

How would you feel if you were forced to start training for the military at a very young age?  Would you want to learn this type of obedience, or would you prefer to have the freedom to get an education and choose what you want to do in life?  In ancient Greece, depending on the city-state in which you lived, you had to do one or the other.  If you lived in ancient Greece, would you want to be a citizen of Sparta or Athens?

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