The first culture, of course, was that of Persia; the second, that of Sparta.
What was the meaning of ancient Sparta to you as you worked on this book?
In other states, it was the elite who would indulge themselves with wine and drunken dancing - but not in Sparta.
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.