Sparta was known as the most powerful city-state in ancient Greece.
The Spartans were a strong and very powerful army. All their brutal training resulted in one of the most feared fighting forces ever. A mascot is a symbol which represents something. The Spartans were very strong and tough, they were determined, and they had great survival skills. All these qualities made an unstoppable army. This is why they are an appropriate mascot for our school. One reason why they make an appropriate mascot for our school is that they were very determined. One piece of evidence (from Document “C”) talks about how in the Battle of Thermopylae there were 300 Spartans fighting against hundreds of thousands of Persians.
This shows their determination because they wouldn’t give up, even if they were greatly outnumbered. They were determined to fight until the last man. Another piece of evidence that shows determination (from Document “E”) says, “Return with your shield or on it.” This shows determination because they wanted to win their battles and this showed them that surrender was bad and a disgrace to the community.
The Spartans didn’t want to let their people down, so they fought until death. The last piece of evidence (from Document “A”) says “instruction consisted for the most part in obedience, bodily fitness, and courage to conquer in battle.” This example shows that the Agoge helped make the Spartans determined. All their training made them determined because if they tried to steal some food and got caught, they would whip them.
This would make them want to get food but in a better way. They would be determined to not get whipped. Another reason why Spartans are an appropriate mascot is that they had great survival skills. One piece of evidence (from Document “B”) says “he introduced the custom of wearing one garment throughout the year, believing that they would thus be better prepared to face changes of heat and cold.” This example shows how they had great survival skills because it shows how even in the freezing cold winters, they would only wear a single cloth. This taught them to manage with extreme cold or hot weathers, and made them better prepared for the future, so their body would be used to extreme types of weather. Another piece of evidence that supports why they have great survival skills (from Document “C”) talks about the Grab for the Cheese. There were people who tried to steal the cheese, and the other people who tried to hurt them.
This shows great survival skills because the Spartans had to think of clever ideas and strategies to get the cheese without getting caught. Plus, they could show no sign of pain whenever they were getting hurt. The kids who survived were much better prepared and more clever. The last piece of evidence (from Document “B”) says “all this education was planned by him in order to make the boys more resourceful in getting supplies, and better-fighting men.” This example shows that they have great survival skills because the Agoge taught them to be resourceful, and to become better warriors. These qualities also helped them later on in battles. The Spartans are an appropriate mascot for our school, because they were very strong and tough. An example that shows this (from Document “C”) talks about how 300 Spartans were against at least 100,000 Persians, and still fought them off for days.
This shows that they were strong and tough because they were able to kill thousands of Persians, while they were greatly outnumbered. It wasn’t until a traitor told them their plan, that they had gotten defeated in battle. Plus, they held them off for two days, and still made a huge impact. Another piece of evidence (from Document “D”) says “A Spartan boy, the story goes, stole a pet fox cub and hid it under his cloak. When the boy was caught, he calmly denied everything, even though the fox had bitten and scratched him terribly. The boy showed no sign of pain, but soon slumped over dead from his wounds.” The story of the boy and the fox cub is an example of strength because this shows how tough the Spartans boys were. The fox was biting and scratching, but he showed no sign of pain.
Plus, the boy represented qualities such as, strength, the deceit of an enemy, and fearlessness of death. The last piece of evidence (from Document “B”) says “Lycurgus required them to harden their feet by going without shoes.” This example shows toughness because it was freezing in the winter, and the ground was probably hard and rocky, but this made the Spartans strong and tough. The Spartans are an appropriate mascot for our school.
They are very determined, they have great survival skills, and they were very strong and tough. Plus, the reason for all this was their tough training, and obedience rules. If our school had training like that, would students be more well behaved?