an ancient city in S Greece: the capital of Laconia and the chief city of the Peloponnesus, at one time the dominant city of Greece: famous for strict discipline and training of soldiers.
an ancient country in the S part of Greece.
Capital: Sparta.
a city in central New Hampshire.
an ancient Greek city in the S Peloponnese, famous for the discipline and military prowess of its citizens and for their austere way of life
an ancient country of S Greece, in the SE Peloponnese, of which Sparta was the capital: corresponds to the present-day department of Lakonia

Sparta definition

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.


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