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…Warriors Overrated?.

"THE TERM "Spartan" is practically a watchword for military superiority — ubiquitous among modern when trying to evoke warrior primacy. Gun dealers, mud-runs, and sports teams across the country all proudly bear the name "Spartan," usually in concert with the stylized Corinthian helmet made famous by Frank Miller's hit comic (and later Zack Snyder's film) 300. For most, "Spartan" conveys laconicism brevity, stoic endurance, prizing the polity over the individual, faithfulness unto death. We're reminded of the words Herodotus puts into the mouth of the Spartan king Demaratus, trying to describe his countrymen to the Achaemenid king Xerxes I: "What their law bids them, that they do; and its bidding is always the same, that they must never flee from battle no matter the odds, but stand at their post and there conquer or die."

There's just one problem. It isn't true…"
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