They are the Sparta of world soccer: A small nation, punching above its weight, taking no prisoners, and never saying sorry.
The first culture, of course, was that of Persia; the second, that of Sparta.
And the word “Sparta” is sometimes used as an adjective to mean “awesome.”
What was the meaning of ancient Sparta to you as you worked on this book?
Sparta could not hold on long to naval dominion, but jealously tried to prevent Athens from regaining it.
He divided the whole territory of Sparta into nine thousand equal lots, one of which was given to each citizen.
It was resolved to continue the war, and no further embassies were sent to Sparta.
Athens and Sparta were the only cities not visited by his envoys.
Athens is proud, and Sparta too; and they are both a long way off.
The wars between Sparta and Athens were the most destructive and tragic of all in this respect.
said to be from Greek sparte "cord made from spartos," a type of broom. Perhaps the reference is to the cords laid as foundation markers for the city.
An ancient Greek city-state and rival of Athens. Sparta was known for its militaristic government and for its educational system designed to train children to be devoted citizens and brave soldiers. Sparta defeated Athens in the Peloponnesian War.
Note: The term Spartan is used to describe conditions that are low on luxury and designed to produce discipline.