- Apr 2018
- Upland, Sweden
Not to be a big ****, but from what I've understood the whole example of an eventual Spartan legal change in marriage and inheritance law is irrelevant to the context of the Peloponessian War. Aristoteles was debating "oligathropy" in his own time, i.e. the 4th century. As far as I am aware, the Spartans did not change the rules for who was or was not a spartiate during the 5th century. Also, not to keep being a ****, but from what i've gathered the Spartans married relatively late.The three hundred were chosen all fathers of living sons so that no name would die out. When the war became more all encompassing they changed the rules...*shrugs* I don't understand what has you so upset.
The Spartans were encouraged to breed, hence laws protecting unmarried girls who found themselves pregnant and Spartan males marrying at a young age. If you want fame and glory, you know what you needed to do.
The whole question of "oligathropy" is very interesting though, and in a way Athens could be said to suffer from the same (although I don't know of any ancient author who drew that connection... Maybe because it wasn't as severe, or for reasons of tact who knows) : somewhere between 1/3rd and half the athenian military age male population dissappeared over the course of the 5th century, and they never recovered to the levels of 50-60 000 they'd had under Pericles. My stomach tells me the 4th century Athenians felt being half as many made things more comfortable if anything, and it might have increased political stability - but it probably hurt their ambitions (not that they cared as much as they would have in 431).