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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10 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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  6. Brian Nelson on February 9, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    As a Soldier, it started to become tedious to respond to the constant, “Thank you for your service” comments one would get at Starbucks. It wasn’t until I deployed and returned that I finally found the appropriate response.

    “You’re welcome. Actually it is a pretty great gig, you might consider it yourself. The thanks goes to my wife. I was the one running off to the Super Bowl to play ball with my besties. My wife is the one who truly sacrificed, lifted my burdens that I dropped to chase the Flag.”

    It was different each time, but it wasn’t until I came back from combat that I realized what true courage was. It was to love a man/woman through combat, holding a family together, and staying with that Soldier when the scar tissue of combat reared its ugly head.

    Military spouses, 1st Responder spouses, and maybe to some extent semi-pro athlete/up and coming or b/c list artists & performer spouses are the true fountainheads of resilience and strength. Bills paid, children reared, pets fed, bandaids applied, packages sent, long stretches of ambiguity stoically shouldered alone. That is heroic.

    Our culture, obviously, idolizes the wrong figures. Thank you Steven for reminding us who ‘wears the pants in the household’.
    bsn

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