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View Poll Results: Is the state of Israel the closest thing to what could be considered a modern-day Sparta?
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Old April 1st, 2010, 01:43 AM   #1

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Is the state of Israel the closest thing to what we could call a modern-day Sparta?
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Is the state of Israel the closest thing to what we could call a modern-day Sparta?
I don't think so; in fact, it's hard for me to find similarities.
For example, the cultural life of Sparta was almost absent, and the modern Palestinians are definitvely not Helots.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:09 AM   #3

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no , they take there power from America .
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No, the similarities are superficial I think, a heightened degree of militaty preparedness is all. With respect to women, religion, cultural diversity, foreign relations and most other aspects, I see little similarity.
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I entirely agree with Cicero.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 07:34 AM   #6

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North Korea seems to me to be the closest state: strong leader, big military, paranoia, and lots of helots.
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The closest thing to a modern Sparta was Nazi Germany. Israel has done many terrible things: war crimes, human rights abuses and unprovoked aggression, but they're not quite as brutal as Sparta yet.
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I vote with Nick.
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If you see the Israelians as homoioi and the Palestinensians as helotoi you may call Israel a modern sparta, but I myself wouldn't say that such a comparisation is justified. There are to many differences between Israel and sparta as well between nazi germany and sparta.
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For any reason the idea of Sparta here doesn't seem to match 300...
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