History of Sparta


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Sparta was ruled by:

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1. Which of the following explains the need for Spartan hoplites as well as the phalanx style of warfare?

2. How was the caste system of Sparta dependent on the helots?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

Ancient Sparta was a militaristic society that prized discipline, strength and courage and fostered those traits through a rigid class structure and mandatory battlefield training for all male citizens beginning at the age of 7. This quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of the factors that led to the development of Sparta's martial tradition and the society that filled the ranks of its legendary armies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The structure of Spartan government
  • Rights of Spartan citizens
  • Spartan training and education
  • The cause behind Sparta's focus on military
  • Spartan class structure

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the detailed knowledge you've gained regarding Spartan history and culture
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms such as Agoge, Paidiskos and Spartiates
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Spartan history to answer questions about the city state's role in the ancient world

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Spartan history. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explore the life of a typical Spartan male
  • Understand the development and structure of Spartan society
  • Explain Lycurgus' influence on Spartan culture
  • Understand the roles of the Helots and the Perioikoi in the Spartan economy
  • Explain the Spartan view of the relationship between the citizen and the state