Hazing and fighting
You weren’t a Spartan if you weren’t a fighter. A vicious one at that. From the tender age of 7, Spartan boys were taught in an extremely brutal atmosphere where fights and arguments amongst them were encouraged and even fostered. Those who backed down or were too shy were mocked and bullied. This was supposed to be an excellent method of training for the life as a Spartan warrior – cowardice wasn’t a trait they had the option of possessing.