Please forward this error screen to sharedip-1071804062. An artistic representation of Spartan exercise, part of the agoge for young Spartan males. Females, dr. upbringing of the child, were encouraged to exercise with the males.
According to folklore, agoge was introduced by the semi-mythical Spartan law-giver Lycurgus but its origins are thought to be between the 7th and 6th centuries BC when the state trained male citizens from the ages of seven to twenty-one. The aim of the system was to produce strong and capable warriors to serve in the Spartan army. It encouraged conformity and the importance of the Spartan state over one’s personal interest and generated the future elites of Sparta. The agoge was prestigious throughout the Greek world, and many aristocratic families from other cities vied to send their sons to Sparta to participate in the agoge for varying periods of time.
The Spartans were very selective in which young men they would permit to enroll. Such honors were usually awarded to the próxenoi of Sparta in other cities and to a few other families of supreme ancestry and importance. When a boy was born, he was washed with wine in the belief that this would make him strong. Some classical sources indicate that there were further subdivisions by year within these classes. They were encouraged to give their loyalty to their communal mess hall known as the Syssitia, rather than to their families. At around age 12 the boys would enter into an institutionalized relationship with a young adult male Spartan. At the stage of hēbōntes, roughly age 20, the students became fully part of the syssitia and Spartan army, although they continued to live in barracks and to compete for a place among the Spartan hippeis, the royal guard of honor.