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The Spartans chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most extreme civilisations the world has ever witnessed. A civilization that was founded on discipline, sacrifice and frugality where the onus was on the collective and the goal was to create the perfect state, and the perfect warrior. Classical historian Bettany Hughes reveals the secrets and complexities of everyday Spartan life: homosexuality was compulsory, money was outlawed, equality was enforced, weak boys were put to death and women enjoyed a level of social and sexual freedom that was unheard of in the ancient world. It was a nation of fearsome fighters where a glorious death was treasured. This can be aptly demonstrated by the kamikaze last stand at Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and his warriors fought with swords, hands and teeth to fend off the Persian invaders and show the rest of the world what it meant to be Spartan. Sparta was ruthlessly militaristic and founded on a belief that good order and justice protected against chaos and lawlessness. Policed by secret spies the society was supported by a nation of slaves so all Spartan men had to do was fight. Boys were indoctrinated with the Spartan code of death and glory, separated from their mothers at seven and left to fend for themselves. It led Aristotle to comment that Sparta "turned its children into animals." The training continued throughout adolescence, the most able boys being let loose as death squads preying on the slave population to keep them quiet. It cannot lay claim to the philosophers or artists of Athens but Sparta contributed as much to western civilisation as Athens did. Indeed it was Sparta, not Athens that was the first city to offer citizenship to its inhabitants. To many, the ideals formed 2500 years ago in Sparta can be seen as a fore-runner of modern-day totalitarianism. By setting out to create a perfect society protected by perfect warriors, Sparta made an enemy of change. A collapsing birth-rate, too few warriors, rebellious slaves, and outdated attitudes to weaponry and warfare combined to sow the seeds of Sparta's destruction. Eventually the once great warrior state was reduced to a stop for Roman tourists who came to view the bizarre sado-masochistic rituals. Documentary first broadcast in 2003.

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ILIR 19 saatler önce
All of Greece was Iliria up to 200 years ago
Mckevin Alabon
Mckevin Alabon 2 gün önce
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Gregory Dukes
Gregory Dukes Aylar önce
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Han Neef
Han Neef Aylar önce
S Konstas
S Konstas 3 saatler önce
The narrator is stunning.
Per Sørlie
Per Sørlie 4 saatler önce
Man she has changed so much...
H bomb
H bomb 5 saatler önce
What a bunch of nonsense, ridiculous, how would she know
Valorian 6 saatler önce
Amazing documentary. I recently visited Athens. Now I am once again hooked to archaic and classic history.
clay madden
clay madden 7 saatler önce
I love this stuff thanks
Jacob 7 saatler önce
Warrior culture in which to be homosexual was compulsory. What a combination. 😳
Serchhip Chelsea
Serchhip Chelsea 9 saatler önce
Worth watching. 👍
Rise Rise
Rise Rise 13 saatler önce
Sparta was always black people until they started mixing with Esau they eventually went out to the Greek Islands Sweden Denmark
Rise Rise
Rise Rise 13 saatler önce
It was Dan that caused the other tribes to commit idolatry
Rise Rise
Rise Rise 13 saatler önce
The Spartans real identity are from the 12 tribes of Israel the tribe of Dan which was kicked out from the tribes because of their idolatry
Kelly 14 saatler önce
Not the best must be honest
John River
John River 17 saatler önce
7:22 interesting how you talk about greeks and put bulgarian music in the video
corey clarke
corey clarke 17 saatler önce
Very cool
Say Knows
Say Knows 19 saatler önce
I think pedophiles when I think of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire and homosexual relations.
William Whareaorere
William Whareaorere 20 saatler önce
Filthy pigs driven by greed and lust for power at the existence of the weak.poor excuse for human
Trigger Warning Channel
Trigger Warning Channel 22 saatler önce
“Half of the shield was for you, the other half was for the man on your left” completely falls apart immediately following those words, as the video proceeds to show the shield fully covering only the man behind it, and none of it covering the man on the left. The protocol was to overlap shields, but the overlap only covered the gap between the men, not the man to the left.
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
I think Betanny Hughes would love to live in ancient Sparta. And be taken by a muscle ripping young Spartan male. Unlike other Greek states Spartans were allowed to have short beards but moustaches were a no-no.
Lord Maxwell
Lord Maxwell Gün önce
I don't need a woman telling me about Spartans, no thx
Dimitar Koev
Dimitar Koev Gün önce
Why a bulgarian folklore music is used ?That is Greece ...two different cultures..
ArcticXun Gün önce
Jjajjajjajjjjq iiiiiiiikqkkiiiiiiiiiiqi,pppPpPLL
Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus Gün önce
Simple reason for such discipline. Money was disallowed. Full time warriors/breeders Labor thralls Traditional family values
E.C. Bully
E.C. Bully Gün önce
At 29:40 she said a “ Mexican wave” lol
douglas Cotton
douglas Cotton Gün önce
It.was honor and bravery they had for their country ! They started from youth up their early 20's! [7 yes old]
bakou boss
bakou boss 2 gün önce
Boss token
R34V3R 2 gün önce
At the start where she said about philosophy, science that's a lie!! Clear your facts first!! 😊😊😊
Wackener 2 gün önce
No such thing as compulsory homosexuality, and NO, weak children were NOT exterminated. It is a disgrace for people in the West who call themselves historians to chew on this repeating mistake. Maybe its the western institutions which drafted and teach these narratives to blame, but as historians isn't it ones responsibility to reach to the primary sources and archaeological facts?
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson 2 gün önce
Please stop the lies..we know who the real Spartans where
AVATonyT 2 gün önce
She makes them sound like good people.. she called all the non Spartans barbarians.. that spoke no Greek so obviously suitable for servitude.. thats not a quote that’s what she chose to say.. wow
burri jote2
burri jote2 2 gün önce
overrated dudes
Pork Scratchings
Pork Scratchings 2 gün önce
Had to watch it twice, second time I put the sound up. She’s looks well sexy for a historian! Phwoooar!
Julian Small
Julian Small 3 gün önce
The movie 300 was based off the Israelites. ...same with troy ...barbarians list goes onnnnnnn
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
Did you dream that last night? LOOL. Don't be so ridiculous
Damien Howell
Damien Howell 3 gün önce
Lol laughable suppose they all looked exactly the same way hollywood makes em all out to be true properganda food for sheep
TeaBagger08 3 gün önce
Martín Calero
Martín Calero 3 gün önce
Now, this girl. the narrator, is the very-near-perfect ideal of a woman, hot, beautiful (gorgeous, actually), super smart (I believe she is a PhD), no nonsensical, sweet, and relentless...she is a dream.
Jordan Stojanov
Jordan Stojanov 3 gün önce
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
Ancient Macedonia of course is in northern Greece. Certainly thanks to Philip ll, Macedonia became the leading state of Greece.
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
Spartans (Lacedaemonians) were distant cousins of the Macedonians. Both were DORIC Greeks.
Jordan Stojanov
Jordan Stojanov 3 gün önce
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
Well Macedonia was a latent Greek state.
seamo9000deBuilder SUPERBEING
They busted Each others Bank while on Tour.
John 4 gün önce
Spartans could fight like a Trojan.
Abhijit Shinde
Abhijit Shinde 4 gün önce
What happened to the strong, proud disciplined Spartan society? Yeah, they converted to christianity! 🤢 What a shame!
Nazmul Khan
Nazmul Khan 4 gün önce
Spartan warriors were the original Red Pill swallowing bunch lol
Anton Boludo
Anton Boludo 4 gün önce
Why are they not ruling the world, then?
Amun Ra
Amun Ra 4 gün önce
The flaw of Democracy is that 1) People vote in their self-interest, and 2) That the morons outnumber the wise. A benevolent dictator is the best ruler -- but... how do we get one?? That's the eternal dilemma. Do we place him by voting???? THAT'S HOW WE GOT JOE BRANDON AND KAMALA HA-HA-HA!
R. R
R. R 5 gün önce
Nice rack for an academic
smidy719 5 gün önce
I have a friend that was hit in the head with a skateboard he was in a coma for six months.
Water Niger
Water Niger 5 gün önce
*_I wonder what modern Greeks feel now living in multicultural countries who believe in one god and human rights, everything the Persians stood for._*
Water Niger
Water Niger 16 saatler önce
@Rafaella Garibaldi 2 You mean a few modern Greeks who are probably 110% Turkish due to the conquest of the ottoman empire are looking for their nonexistent roots that are rather useless considering they've been christian more than they've believed in ancient gods.
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
@Water Niger Just saying, modern Greeks are looking to their ancient Greek roots
Water Niger
Water Niger Gün önce
@Rafaella Garibaldi 2 As if that undermines 2000 years of monotheism.
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
There is a growing trend of modern Greeks embracing the ancient gods of Greece. its called the way of the 12 gods.
Tigers Wood 🐯
Tigers Wood 🐯 5 gün önce
he went from saying hes the best to now hes the best of all time... every single human that ever roamed this earth.. hes better than... LMFAO
warm bath
dino makropoulos
dino makropoulos 5 gün önce
stop spreading propaganda that suits the Western Colonial Powers
George Thomas
George Thomas 6 gün önce
It was shocking when I found out the Spartans where black
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
Actually the Spartans were Doric Greeks. Doric Greeks were of Balto-Teutonic stock.
AM K 6 gün önce
The special forces of Spartans army weren’t Spartans Skiritians arcadians from the mountains of Arcadia they kept freedoms by the Spartans as honored great fighters the toughest of all The Spartans understood that they can’t enslave these people rar so they became perioikoi citizens of Sparta They used to paint their bodies black in order to fight in night they are the ones that tried to kill the king of Persia in Thermopylae
Prizrenalia from iliria
Why the greks didnt fight osman turks. The albanians rezisted the most.
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
@Prizrenalia from iliria Are you on the right video??. This video is about the Spartans of ancient Greece
Prizrenalia from iliria
@Rafaella Garibaldi 2 I just want to say that no nation has fought and won so many battles as the Albanians led by their hero Skenderbeu
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
The Greeks initiated the revolution against Ottoman rule
SGT ZOMIE 787 6 gün önce
So beautiful there. Iove history
Semper Fi
Semper Fi 7 gün önce
To be perfect is to be disciplined, the more perfect you become, the closer to God you will march. A perfect death is the glory of God's grace for a true warrior.
Mr, Mpoutias
Mr, Mpoutias 7 gün önce
As a greek feeling very proud for those ancestors. If time comes i will give my life defencing greece you see i cant do otherwise having those ancestors it would be a major disgrace not to fight. I am 30 now made my mandatory one year army servitude and sometimes i train in weapons shooting and bushcrafting. I want to die old with many grandchildren surounding me but dying young for greece makes you immortal. Its a constant contradiction wanting both deaths , every greek has this bourden.
ch m
ch m 7 gün önce
If the Greeks aren't out numbered then it's not a fair fight. Even up to modern times - Greek revolution (1821), Balkan wars, and GreekItalo war (1940).
T Z 7 gün önce
You can tell this doc was made in 2003. Its actually informative with facts. Today, it would be too ‘male gaze’, and also, who would like to admit that slaves could actually be white skinned too? 🤫
Ted Rodgers
Ted Rodgers 8 gün önce
David Wasilewski
David Wasilewski 8 gün önce
It’s interesting that they waited until 20 before becoming a ‘full spartan’. When life spans were much shorter, you’d assume that adulthood would have come earlier, rather than later than the 18 of today. Maybe it was because you needed to be a bit older to campaign with all that kit?
Limou Zine
Limou Zine 8 gün önce
The questions are: 1. Are spartans still disciplined today? 2. Are they still good soldiers? 3. Is the Sparta region in Greece a good place to recruit mercenaries? If this is not the case, what is the point on telling stories about the ancient Sparta?
Travis James
Travis James 8 gün önce
Bc they were white.
Slim Face
Slim Face 8 gün önce
36:42 is that how Leonidas is pronounced?
barry narwayeng
barry narwayeng 9 gün önce
did i just heard jesus?
Boat's Oar
Boat's Oar 9 gün önce
Why must this this voice be so naughtx in uninaccurate in all bays of chillaxing
Stephen Griffiths
Stephen Griffiths 9 gün önce
Watchable until it descends into the usual travel show tripe. Switched off then
John Watkins
John Watkins 9 gün önce
Quite surprised at how much of this related to the movie “300”. I thought the movie would have been much more fictional!
John Watkins
John Watkins 9 gün önce
Quite surprised at how much of this related to the movie “300”. I thought the movie would have been much more fictional!
Van Groover
Van Groover 9 gün önce
It's all about the collective rump pumping: full squad daisy chains require hours of practice to synchronise properly, especially with the primitive pooper lube they had back then.
PappaPlays Games
PappaPlays Games 9 gün önce
She could do a documentary about Septic tank maintenance and I would still watch it.....
Patrick Koenigsfeld
Patrick Koenigsfeld 10 gün önce
Who wrote this? Some questionable writing here.
Jake Collin
Jake Collin 10 gün önce
Can't wait til we can look back at these when documentaries are interesting again and be like why is she driving in a vehicle? Why am I looking at this? Out of all the things to show it's her driving. Documentaries do this to show a journey and blah blah but it's dumb af
Georgios Doumas
Georgios Doumas 10 gün önce
she just spreads lies , when she says in 3:05 that "male homosexuality was compulsory" , or that 3:02 "weak children were exterminated"
Georgios Doumas
Georgios Doumas 10 gün önce
1:30 , she is reading it wrongly! She uses the wrong Erasmian pronunciation , ignoring the fact that some double letters were not pronounced separately.
Parker O'brien
Parker O'brien 10 gün önce
I grew up knowing I was a bit greek and found out last year that my heritage traces back to Peloppenese. I am very proud to be a distant descendant of the Spartans and their culture. I was always thought of myself as a bit of a modern warrior myself. Awesome documentary.
Lololololol Gün önce
@Shabbapaul 🧖‍♂️
Michael Pratt
Michael Pratt 4 gün önce
If you can solve this puzzle, your IQ is 180.
Shabbapaul 10 gün önce
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Perfectly Good Slouch
Perfectly Good Slouch 10 gün önce
The Big Mean Spartans all that Toxic Masculinity, Tell us how the wimpy weak Groups survived in the Old Days , did they have some counseling and crying sessions. Context Matters ALL Civilizations were Brutal or they were enslaves or killed.
lnwlmn 11 gün önce
sport like shaolin monks 45 MIN explaind in 10 sec
Bubu Nae
Bubu Nae 11 gün önce
My great great grany trace her roots from Sparta ...(father side) my ggg (mother side) from GERMANIA ...I WAS born in Romania ...i live in USA ..WHAT AM I. ?
sapere aude
sapere aude 11 gün önce
16:30 ❤
Gabriel Adebisi
Gabriel Adebisi 12 gün önce
The Spartans were founding members of NAMBLA
Eury Nomos
Eury Nomos 12 gün önce
Trash title. Maybe rename it 'How were Spartans so disciplined?' Even that would be a bit misleading. Otherwise great work. Glad you enjoyed your holiday.
NELOY SINHA 12 gün önce
Is she just reading the script of the movie 300
Paul Collins
Paul Collins 12 gün önce
Sexy lady
Kevin 13 gün önce
Why Were Spartans So Disciplined? Perhaps they were actually Germans and not Greeks? :(
Kevin Gün önce
@Rafaella Garibaldi 2 Rafaella, With your unrevealed qualifications and perceived skills and talents, you should be making movies, not making comments. Let neither time nor reservations steal away your destiny. :)
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
You are very observant.
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
Indeed they were. Spartans were Doric Greeks and Doric Greeks were of Balto-Teutonic stock as opposed to the Aeolic and Ionic (Athenian) Greeks who were of Aegean/Mediterranean stock.
Dan Harakis
Dan Harakis 13 gün önce
Ελλαδα [ Ellada ] ΑΩ
Have a Great Day
Have a Great Day 13 gün önce
I guess most of time anything they drank would have been at room temperature. I'm sure the y had clay trickery and what not but over all an Ice cold glass of drinkable liquid with ice wasn't an option or perhaps even a thing. All that effort for luke warm beverages... F that.
jaime tonche
jaime tonche 13 gün önce
earlier civilizations were....gggggggg
Reign Relic
Reign Relic 14 gün önce
You know why they were so disciplined? No internet, No youtube, No instagram, No Pornhub, women weren’t so loose, and they lived to hunt and trained to fight.
Bozkurt68400 14 gün önce
Why is whole europe obsessed with an insignificant tribe
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
Spartans were unique
Spade Rose
Spade Rose 14 gün önce
Tertuis (The War Poet.)
Repent! 14 gün önce
Repent to Jesus Christ! “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” ‭‭Micah‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬ h
turkishexpress 15 gün önce
This commentator lady is sexy in a weird way. Like I didn't think I would want to smash until I watched it for a while. Weird...
Angelfish keeper 302
Angelfish keeper 302 16 gün önce
Alex King
Alex King 16 gün önce
Least we not forget men were forged by men in Greek culture. Man boy love until the boy was old enough to grow facial hair.
Rino Dionisi
Rino Dionisi 17 gün önce
She's a really good narrator!
Rino Dionisi
Rino Dionisi 17 gün önce
What's up with that dude with a dik at the handle of his sword.
J. 17 gün önce
Why would u put Bulgarian folk vocals and instrumental on a Greek documentary?
Rory O'Brien
Rory O'Brien 17 gün önce
Holding an army in its 100s of thousands with 300 men for a week is not militarily insignificant 🤣🤣 especially when allowed their fleet of ships to arrive 😂😂 what are you going on about?? Lol
Lane 17 gün önce
Japheth; Genesis 10;2-5 2 ¶ The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. 3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. 4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. ------------- Black Phoenicians shemites seed of Abraham------------- 1 maccabees 12;1-6 1 And Jonathan saw that the time served him, and he chose men, and sent them to Rome, to confirm and renew the friendship that they had with them. *2 And to the Spartans, and to other places, he sent letters after the same manner. 3 And they went to Rome, and entered into the senate house, and said, Jonathan the high priest, and the nation of the Jews, have sent us, to renew for them the friendship and the confederacy, as in former time. 4 And they gave them letters to the men in every place, that they should bring them on their way to the land of Judah in peace. 5 And this is the copy of the letters which Jonathan wrote to the Spartans: 6 Jonathan the high priest, and the senate of the nation, and the priests, and the rest of the people of the Jews, to their kindred the Spartans, greeting: ------------Spartans and the Jews, that they are kindred--------- 1 maccabees 12;23 *21 It has been found in writing, concerning the Spartans and the Jews, that they are kindred, and that they are of the stock of Abraham: 22 and now, since this is come to our knowledge, you will do well to write to us of yourprosperity. 23 And we moreover do write on our part to you, that your cattle and goods are ours, and ours are yours. We do command therefore that they make report to you on this wise.
Rafaella Garibaldi 2
And I'm the Queen of Siam
anonymous 17 gün önce
The Greek myth that ancient Spartans threw their stunted and sickly newborns off a cliff was not corroborated by archaeological digs in the area, researchers said Monday. After more than five years of analysis of human remains culled from the pit, also called an apothetes, researchers found only the remains of adolescents and adults between the ages of 18 and 35, Athens Faculty of Medicine Anthropologist Theodoros Pitsios said. “There were still bones in the area, but none from newborns, according to the samples we took from the bottom of the pit” of the foothills of Mount Taygete near present-day Sparta. “It is probably a myth, the ancient sources of this so-called practice were rare, late and imprecise,” he added.
Goku Milla
Goku Milla 18 gün önce
To you reading this: Even though I don’t know you, I wish you the best of what life has to offer ❤️:)
passed down
passed down 17 gün önce
I wish you the same
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