Sparta and Athens: A Tale of Two City-States

Tristan Erwin
9 min readSep 5, 2019
A black figure vase depicting the Peloponnesian War.

Sparta and Athens: The Antithetical City-States of Greece

It seems counterintuitive that forces separated by only ninety miles would evolve into oppugnant peoples, with entirely different views on morality, way of life, and government. Athens and Sparta, the greatest city-states of the classical era, were home to unique, disparate cultures and ultimately worst of enemies. Their…

Tristan Erwin

History student at UNG Military College. Specialist in European history and Mythology. Footnotes and Bibliography always provided. Only scholarly sources used.