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CLA160H1 Lecture Notes - Hoplite

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Textual Analysis Proposal
The Hoplite Polis: Sparta
Thesis: The theme of obedience and unity that permeated throughout Spartan culture is reflected in
Xenophon's accounts of the various aspects of Spartan life set forth by the legislator Lycurgus. From the
education of young men and women in the Lacedaemonian fashion with a lack of traditional Hellenic
parental upbringing to the constant physical labour's imposed upon them, all while instilling a sense of
state ownership by including the entire citizenry to participate in are clear markers used to illustrate the
theme. In other words, the document focuses its attention to shed light onto the average life of a Spartan
and the militaristic social and civil values they held. That is, The Hoplite Polis: Saprta's main points
focus on illustrating the way in which the idea of obedience and unity is instilled in the Spartan's. This
allows a deeper understanding of the social fabric which served the spring board for the writing.
In ordered to examine the ideas presented in the text, this paper will pay a close attention to the
major points regarding the way in which Spartan families raised their children. Furthermore, the manner
of how the state of Sparta operated in regards to citizenry and citizen life and the manner in which they
engaged in warfare will be explored. To support all the argument presented in the essay the The Hoplite
Polis: Sparta will be used as the primary source. In addition, to engaging with the primary text and ideas
presented within it, I will contrast with his own former city of Athens.