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Old June 3rd, 2008, 07:15 AM   #1
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Spartan children and relationship with mothers


I recall hearing somewhere, I might be mistaken, that after birth, spartan boys were taken away from their mothers and were raised by nurses.

Can anyone confirm this, preferably with a source?

I did a google search, came up empty except for this on Wikipedia:

Until the age of seven, boys were educated at home and were taught to fight their fears as well as general superstition by their nurses, who were prized in Greece.

The above passage has a source, but it does not explicitly say that they were taken away from their mothers, only that they were taught by nurses.

Can someone lead me in the right direction?

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Old June 3rd, 2008, 10:10 AM   #2

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I have no source but I can tell you what I know, I too can mistake:
at the age of seven, a Spartan boy was tkan from his mother and was raised further by the Spartan state. that was the beginning of the agoge. Until the age of 18, the Spartans were raised hard. then they went for a final test or something in the wild. when they returned, if they did, they made part of the army.

I'm not sure, but I thnink this is the way. but I can be totally wrong
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I recall hearing somewhere, I might be mistaken, that after birth, spartan boys were taken away from their mothers and were raised by nurses.

Can anyone confirm this, preferably with a source?

I did a google search, came up empty except for this on Wikipedia:

Until the age of seven, boys were educated at home and were taught to fight their fears as well as general superstition by their nurses, who were prized in Greece.

The above passage has a source, but it does not explicitly say that they were taken away from their mothers, only that they were taught by nurses.

Can someone lead me in the right direction?
I think they were taken at a young age, but not as infants unless they had a birth defect which meant they would be killed. My source is the History Channel's "The Last Stand of the 300"
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Re: Spartan children and relationship with mothers


From what I understand they weren't taken away from their mothers, but raised by nurses in their mother and father's houses. Nurses were hired by the family. Spartan nurses were apparently tough creatures and readied the child for the agoge. Mothers a little distant, busy managing the Helots on the estate.
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Try googling....growing up spartan...

As it is also a forum, I wont add the link, as I don't want to be seen to be a poacher
You may find the information/sources you require there.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #6

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They lived in mothers' houses till they were 7. (Which would be 6 in our time, since Spartans counted years since the day of birth). Spartan women, busy with exercises and managing huge estates, and also concerned about preserving physical beauty, likely, did not want to breast-feed and were distant from their boys, who were raised by nurses, but they did not move into agoge till the age of 7.
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No their mothers raised them until seven years old. But Spartan nurses were reknown in ancient Greece in other cities. In other words, Spartan nurses were popular among the other Greek states.
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Really not much more for me to add here....carry on.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 01:02 PM   #9

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The upper classes probably had nurses to care for their babies and young children, as was customary in most societies. The nurses woukd be under the supervision of the mistress of the household.
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