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The year is 404 BC. A proud Spartan grandmother, you have decided to tell the story of your life to the children of your son, a great warrior of your city. The children crowd around you, anxious to hear tales from your past; after all, you have lived a very interesting life!
In a series of paragraphs (one per topic), explain the items below. Because this is a narrative, you can include emotions, conflict, and anything else that will help you develop your story; ensure, however, that you have at least two specific historical references per paragraph:
- Your memories of participating in sports and games as a young woman (remembering, of course, that Sparta was the only city/state that allowed its women to compete in Olympic-style contests)
- The pride you felt in your family as you watched your husband raise your son according to the violent traditions of Sparta
- The stories your husband told about the Spartan standoff against the Persians at Thermopylae
- The political differences between Athens and Sparta
- Why Sparta was able to defeat Athens in the Peloponnesian War (make sure you include a reference to the Plague of Athens)