7 Brutal Practices That Made the Spartans the Strongest Warriors in History

Diamastigosis.

Diamastigosis. Source: Flickr

Spartan society was home to some of the most fearless warriors in history – for all its faults, 300 got that right. Before they became soldiers, however, Spartan boys have undergone several years of brutal military training. Keep reading to find out the common practices employed in Sparta.


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Beating and flogging

Beating and flogging – sometimes until a young Spartan dies – was a common practice in Spartan training. It was known as “diamastigogis” and was carried out every year. Diamastigogis was kind of a test of a young boy’s endurance and later on, when Sparta was invaded by the Romans, became a bloody sport. Well, we know all about the Roman thirst for Panem et Circuses…

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