2 The Warrior Archetype

Episode Two: “With This Or On It”

It’s only fitting to begin our exploration of the Warrior Archetype with ancient Sparta. But let’s not start with the men. Let’s start with the women. Spartan women were famous as the most beautiful and the free-est in the ancient world. But they were also the toughest-minded and the fiercest enforcers of the warrior ethos to which their husbands, sons, and fathers aspired. Let’s begin this series with them.

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5 Comments

  1. Andrew+Lubin on August 20, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Oh, so well said; thank you. It’s the “We Culture” as opposed to the ‘Me Culture”, and in today’s America, the ‘Me’s’ are the vast majority. But not in this Marine Corps Family! S/f

  2. Scott on August 20, 2020 at 8:23 am

    This is so fascinating, thanks, Steven. To show that the Spartan women’s attitudes were not universal in the Greek culture, below is a poem by the femaile poet Sappho from Lesbos:

    Some say an army of horsemen, others
    Say foot soldiers, still others say a fleet
    Is the finest thing on the dark earth
    I say it is whatever one loves.

    (translation by Cambridge University Press, 2014)

    Not exactly the militaristic spirit of the Spartan women!

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