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July 26, 2009


Random Quote of the Week

“The Spartans do not enquire how many the enemy are, but where they are.”
Agis II, 427 B.C.


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That is certainly random….

Go tell the Spartans, thou who passest by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.

[1] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 7-26-2009 at 07:11 PM · [top]

So long as we don’t start talking about the movie ‘300’ which was ... well ... awful.  Terrible.  It was so bad it should have starred Leonardo Decaprio so at least the audience could watch his character die at the end of the movie.  Then the movie would have at least one redeeming feature - like ‘Titanic.’  The author of the script should be charged with causing the Criminally Negligent Death of a great story.

carl

[2] Posted by carl on 7-26-2009 at 07:58 PM · [top]

Love the quote. 

What do you suppose it takes for folks to stop asking where either Spartan or enemy are not?

[3] Posted by J Eppinga on 7-26-2009 at 08:50 PM · [top]

After an Athenian accused Spartans of being ignorant, the Spartan Plistoanax agreed: “What you say is true. We have learned none of your evil ways.”

- Plutarch: Life of Lycurgus

[4] Posted by Justin Martyr on 7-26-2009 at 09:10 PM · [top]

RE: “What do you suppose it takes for folks to stop asking where either Spartan or enemy are not?”

Snark!!!  And very nice, Moot . . . ; > )

[5] Posted by Sarah on 7-26-2009 at 09:24 PM · [top]

“The Spartans do not enquire how many the enemy are, but where they are.”
Agis II, 427 B.C.

Which, of course, is a poor way to fight a war.  One should seek to know as much as possible about the enemy, to include their type, size, organization, tactics, and equipment.

[6] Posted by AndrewA on 7-26-2009 at 09:42 PM · [top]

After an Athenian accused Spartans of being ignorant, the Spartan Plistoanax agreed: “What you say is true. We have learned none of your evil ways.”

The Spartans were a bunch of aristocrats whose military skills were only made possible by the enslavement of the helots, who did all the real work while the gentlemen trained, much like the knights of medieval times.  Of course, the primary reason they needed such a military focus to begin with was that they lived in constant fear of helot revolt.  Their military was inflexible and one-dimensional.  When Sparta and Athens finally went head to head, it took the adaptation of Athenian ways for them to win.

[7] Posted by AndrewA on 7-26-2009 at 09:58 PM · [top]

AndrewA,

I am aware of the facts and agree with everything you say about the Spartans…however it is still a good quote.

Buzzkill…. raspberry

[8] Posted by Justin Martyr on 7-27-2009 at 11:50 AM · [top]

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