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Check out our new website for more incredible history documentaries: HD and ad-free. http://bit.ly/2O6zUsK The Spartans chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most extreme civilisations the world has ever witnessed. A civilization that was founded on discipline, sacrifice and frugality where the onus was on the collective and the goal was to create the perfect state, and the perfect warrior. Classical historian Bettany Hughes reveals the secrets and complexities of everyday Spartan life: homosexuality was compulsory, money was outlawed, equality was enforced, weak boys were put to death and women enjoyed a level of social and sexual freedom that was unheard of in the ancient world. It was a nation of fearsome fighters where a glorious death was treasured. This can be aptly demonstrated by the kamikaze last stand at Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and his warriors fought with swords, hands and teeth to fend off the Persian invaders and show the rest of the world what it meant to be Spartan. Sparta was ruthlessly militaristic and founded on a belief that good order and justice protected against chaos and lawlessness. Policed by secret spies the society was supported by a nation of slaves so all Spartan men had to do was fight. Boys were indoctrinated with the Spartan code of death and glory, separated from their mothers at seven and left to fend for themselves. It led Aristotle to comment that Sparta "turned its children into animals." The training continued throughout adolescence, the most able boys being let loose as death squads preying on the slave population to keep them quiet. It cannot lay claim to the philosophers or artists of Athens but Sparta contributed as much to western civilisation as Athens did. Indeed it was Sparta, not Athens that was the first city to offer citizenship to its inhabitants. To many, the ideals formed 2500 years ago in Sparta can be seen as a fore-runner of modern-day totalitarianism. By setting out to create a perfect society protected by perfect warriors, Sparta made an enemy of change. A collapsing birth-rate, too few warriors, rebellious slaves, and outdated attitudes to weaponry and warfare combined to sow the seeds of Sparta's destruction. Eventually the once great warrior state was reduced to a stop for Roman tourists who came to view the bizarre sado-masochistic rituals. Documentary first broadcast in 2003. Content licensed from DRG. Produced by Lion Television Limited.
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Declan McCartney (2 days ago)
She can examine my sources anytime
B. SGBYN (2 days ago)
Out numbered 40 to 1 that's how I have been feeling the past 26 years of my life out numbered 40 to 1 by demonic spirits non stop
working class hero (2 days ago)
funny way of reading it hahahaaa
Her and her accent are incredibly sexy!
invisiblesurge44 (5 days ago)
Anyone know the music
Poetry in Motion (5 days ago)
Everything this stupid woman is nonsense
First Last (5 days ago)
At around 40:00 she is talking how much higher the sea level was at 480 bc , global warming anyone ?
D Brown (6 days ago)
i wish they put these scholars behind a desk then just showed us the visualizations and dramatizations. Something about a middle aged lady walking through Greece in jeans just kills the immersion for me, and yet half of the documentaries follow this type lol.
spooky shadow hawk (7 days ago)
The Greek Alamo, a Delaying Battle that cost the life's of all who chose to stay, giving the rest of their people time to gather their forces for final Victory over a power greater than their own. Like all legends, exaggerated over time and added to enhance the moment, but because a few chose to stay and die, History was charged and the Greek's began to see what they could accomplish when they came together as one people. A Turing Point in their History as the Alamo was in ours and remembered and treated the same way, as it became Legend. Would the Greek's be the same without this to inspire them? Without this battle, would there even be a Greek People? Probably not, as they would have been crushed by the Persians. Would there have been a Alexander without the Spartans? Probably not, they laid the Foundation Alexander built on later. Believing they were more than the equal of anyone else, because of what the 300 Spartans did. It didn't matter that there was far more than just 300 Spartans there, it was the 300 who were remembered and written into Legend, showing how Greek's should act against Overwhelming odds and what they could accomplish.
AngryDuck! (7 days ago)
Needs more ads. I kept getting interrupted by documentary every couple of minutes.
Ed (8 days ago)
She's hot....
Nyah Notrealname (10 days ago)
Why isn't a man presenting this documentary, with a pretty, young woman companion by his side?
Yordan Yordanov (13 days ago)
i would have been killed or never taken for soldier if i was born Spartan since i`m left handed i`m useless in the shield wall..
Baf Lange (13 days ago)
Down the millennia *
PassionPeach567 (15 days ago)
In Social Studies class the teacher is all like: “All right! Today we will be talking about Athens and Sparta!” Me: “THIS...IS.....SPARTAAAAA Teacher: ...
Murmurations (18 days ago)
The voice of the Oaracle sounds a lot like the incomparable Shohreh Aghdashloo. Almost sure it's her.
Eri Ermir (20 days ago)
A minor, and perhaps regrettably forgotten, episode in the history of scholarship was the attempt to emphasize the etymology of Doron with the meaning of 'hand'. This in turn was connected to an interpretation of the famous lambda on Spartan shields, which was to rather stand for a hand with outstanding thumb than the initial letter of Lacedaimon.[18]Given the origin of the Spartan shield lambda legend, however, in a fragment by Eupolis, an Athenian comic poet, there has been a recent attempt to suggest that a comic confusion between the letter and the hand image may yet have been intended. Distinctions of languageEdit Just saying Dor is not Greek word 😉 I will say no more
Stanley Masiku, (26 days ago)
It helps me do my work
Lucas Mroczynski (26 days ago)
this all looks amazing, you can almost feel like youre there more than 2 thouand years ago
rocco flavioni (26 days ago)
"male homosexuality was compulsory"??!!!!! now that one caught me off guard! lolololololo
Ever Hernandez (1 month ago)
thank you for this great video 😀
Ricky Picerno (1 month ago)
Daan Schlüter (1 month ago)
My favourite Greek city state
Paul RupRai (1 month ago)
Marat North is a serial killer
Allan Hope (1 month ago)
Bethany hughes is stunning and smart my ideal woman
Peace Lover (1 month ago)
This documentary sucks let’s watch the movie now😁
JR NYC (1 month ago)
This why i left battle wars and got into battle rap.
Russell Stone (1 month ago)
They were the hellenized.
DarkEngine (1 month ago)
One could never get drunk with one of these nut cases. They would always try and stab ya. Best leave them alone and be on your way.
Jay Johnson (1 month ago)
Damn she has a body
LoneKharnivore (1 month ago)
Too many ads.
AC Odyssey brought me here
Marat North (1 month ago)
Lmao AC origins brought me here
CM Dell (1 month ago)
Matt Renfro (1 month ago)
This would’ve been better were it not narrated by a feminist
Marat North (1 month ago)
Your a feminist
Random Stranger Online (1 month ago)
Sparta actually could boast of it's philosophers. Not even five minutes in and I'm already seeing pro-Athenian propaganda.
Marat North (1 month ago)
+Random Stranger Online very interesting. Makes sense
Random Stranger Online (1 month ago)
Keone Jones historically yes. Historians who love Greece typical fall into the proathenian camp and judge all Greece by Athens. It just annoying
Keone Jones (1 month ago)
Random Stranger Online by that you mean the Athenians are the liberals right?
MrVvulf (2 months ago)
2:07 It's famous for at least 3 things (and probably more). The brevity of their speech was iconic and famous even in their own day. One liners like "Come and take them" and "If". Today we still have a remnant of that aspect of their lives in the English word laconic, named after their region, Laconia.
LEGENDEY BIG BOSS (2 months ago)
It's cool that language's back then are still pass on today, too be able too read ancient history
Evan Ray (2 months ago)
Very interesting!
Ryan Martinez (2 months ago)
Can't focus anymore after she butchered leonidus' name
niclas HH (2 months ago)
eye witness known to history.
Bunjip (2 months ago)
Click bait
ZombieAppetite (2 months ago)
Can we get some more ads on this video?
TheTEAMBUTLER (2 months ago)
I’d love to give her a good spartan
Martin Aziz (2 months ago)
oh god... her trying to pronounce greek :'( also, it wasnt really only 300 spartans. that is just exaggeration for storytelling. it was closer to 10,000
Martin Aziz (1 month ago)
yes, it was a bit of a misunderstanding, it mentioned something similar later on in the video.
Marat North (1 month ago)
It was exactly 300 Spartans. Plus a coalition of 8000 Greeks, who were not Spartan
Vex T (2 months ago)
@44:06 to @44: 35 I have to agree with Xerxes reason to laugh at the Spartans on the last day of fighting, because if a bunch of dudes did this today they would be called homosexuals who act more feminine than women.
ХОРОШО (2 months ago)
The worst part is that homosexuality was mandatory.
SuperOmegax89 O (2 months ago)
When men where men now men are woman and woman are men
Marat North (1 month ago)
When homosexuality was mandatory?
Anarchy Empire (2 months ago)
MrRoccoMarchegiano (2 months ago)
According to Philostratus Spartans did not wear helmets.
richard bradley (2 months ago)
No mention of the 1000 Thebans who stayed behind to fight to the death along side the Spartans?
jumo004 (29 days ago)
+richard bradley Oh I definitely get the play on words, no prob.
richard bradley (1 month ago)
+jumo004God I hope you realised the joke.....please have a sense of humour....
jumo004 (1 month ago)
+richard bradley Maybe you should research Thespiae in Boeotia, they were called Thespians. Look at their history. They were true warriors.
richard bradley (1 month ago)
+jumo004 no wonder they lost if stage actors stayed behind lol
jumo004 (1 month ago)
They were Thespians, not Thebans.
Benji Price (2 months ago)
The Spartans wrestled naked and combed their hair before a battle hahah nice.
Laser Edge (2 months ago)
Malaka !
Austin Byers (2 months ago)
This is Sparta. ....
Morty McNasty (2 months ago)
Equality enforced? These douchbags literally sent thier teenagers to chase down and murder helots in the farm valleys as a rite of passage.
mxviii (2 months ago)
Yes Equality was enforced between Spartan Citizens. Helots werent citizens. Basically if you were a Spartan, be it man or woman, you were no lesser than any other Spartan.
Tullus Sulla (2 months ago)
Disregard what i said, i found it before she said "Homosexuality was Compulsory" ??
Tullus Sulla (2 months ago)
Where did she said that?
Alchemical Games (2 months ago)
Is it just me, or does modern day greece look like a third world country?
Marat North (1 month ago)
It is
Sir Douglas XVII (2 months ago)
riflemanusa (2 months ago)
Carlos Garcia (2 months ago)
"Surrounded and out numbered to about 40-1, they put up a spectacular fight, before they were hacked to pieces". Got damn! lol Did the persians throw these spartans in a wood chipper? lol
Marat North (1 month ago)
She's dumb. Last skirmish Persians used their bowmen. This is recorded and available. Idk why they're pumping this bs
whiskey jack (2 months ago)
.....some of her claims are rediculous
Ming Mongo (12 days ago)
Pop documentaries aren't scholarship. You can't expect them to be. It's not really the presenter's fault.
Marat North (1 month ago)
She's dumb
Thomas Shirrefs (2 months ago)
https://youtu.be/wP1POpsqin4 Yale lecture on Sparta
Thomas Shirrefs (2 months ago)
Salamis and the Athenians put an end to the invasion?! Plataea is not worth a mention? Hum..
Marat North (1 month ago)
She's dumb
lowlightRN (2 months ago)
would have been better if the narrator isnt wearing any bra... 😁
Marat North (1 month ago)
Remove kebab
Joze Butinar (2 months ago)
Democracy was never found in greece that is historic lie do your research.democracy was found and old kindom of norea or noricum not in greece they only adopted frome noricum and twisted
Marat North (1 month ago)
She's dumb. Idk why they're pumping this bs
Erik Caton (2 months ago)
Spartans are Roman not Greek
Marat North (1 month ago)
It actually hurt to read that
Tullus Sulla (2 months ago)
Come again?
Paul RupRai (3 months ago)
Human scum & Cowards that killed innocent babies !!!!! Perfect killers of defenceless babies !!
Paul RupRai (1 month ago)
Moron Marat ...these are facts !!
Marat North (1 month ago)
Perfect killers? Are you a serial killer?
Colin Overton (3 months ago)
Great vid, dreadful "music".
What car is she driving? Anyone know?
Nait Duran (3 months ago)
Aotearoa Excubitores (3 months ago)
Among misunderstood stories at Thermopylae is that it was the Phocians and Locrians who were willing to make the stand on the field. Leonidas was initially taking a more opportunistic choice by retreating to a much more advantageous in the inner land around Isthmus of Korinthos along with other Greek contingents. So, the notion of "kamikaze" Spartans is highly incorrect one....
Marat North (1 month ago)
She's dumb. Idk why they're pumping this bs
Jyn Erso (3 months ago)
Narrated by a Goddess
joshua tamayo (3 months ago)
she's hot
Jak Haughton (3 months ago)
Everything this woman reports on twists history into a feminist rise. She's a disgrace. Bethany Hughes; the facts twister.
Marat North (1 month ago)
She's dumb. Idk why they're pumping this bs
Vincent (3 months ago)
Democracy was the worst invention in all of human history, other than that the Greeks are perhaps the greatest people who ever lived. The Spartans were Fascist before it was cool.
Tullus Sulla (2 months ago)
+Vincent also ha you got me then.
Tullus Sulla (2 months ago)
+Vincent his Society and philology was more Roman then Greek, although the Roman Republic/Empire did get their influence/Theme from Greece, so i guess your half-correct.
Vincent (2 months ago)
Tullus Sulla - I know I was just being provocative. Although it should be mentioned that Mussolini modeled much of his philosophy on Spartan civilization.
Tullus Sulla (2 months ago)
Not fascist if you're being ruled buy four leaders(two kings two queens). They are more a Militaries monarchy.
nikolas adm (3 months ago)
let the jealous scum start trashing Greeks and claiming that the modern Greeks are not real Greeks when we were making history you were in caves painting your hands on rocks lol
Apostolis Magkoulias (3 months ago)
ok another american clueless documentry, just do what u do best and leave the history and arts to their creators, go make a movie really, 70% of this doc is wrong, i dont know where to start.... sparta had the greatest art and philosophy architect they had everything, what about Lycourgos the one who created first in the world the constitution laws justice and so on...? they were even better than the athenians who were already known as No 1 globally, Spartans at some point they just choose to focus on war art thats all.. anyway waste of time even to talk about it in here judging from the comments i can imagine the audience..
derrick guffey (1 month ago)
This want American made dude bettany Hughes is British and when's the last time Greece even attempted to make a historical movie um that would be never the high and might attitude will serve you no good in this world you don't like my country then good stay out of it and keep its name of your stinking ignorant lips I fought for my country did u I wonder seems doubtful unless the only way you can fight is with words
Jeremy Robinson (3 months ago)
Those who live around 😂😂😂
philthy cat 1 (4 months ago)
Seems they all must've wanted to be in The Rear Guard.
Louis Olivier (4 months ago)
Started watching and then I saw the wench that is a real feminist libtard,,, so aborted and decide to watch some other docies
Marat North (1 month ago)
She's dumb. Idk why they're pumping this bs
Did the pedo Spartans shave by burning there beards
CM Dell (1 month ago)
Mark Black (4 months ago)
Damn ad every five minutes. Really ?
Ben Quinney (4 months ago)
The modern Spartans
stelun56 (4 months ago)
If you experience a rock band akathe pink Floyd or Eminem with thousands of others its overwhelming. Sparta we remember you. You had the vibe to be as one.
Paul G (4 months ago)
So there was at least a chance of someone... or SOMETHING coming along... lol excellent. Mowgli gunna EARN THAT SHIELD BOYSSSS AWHOOOO!🤣🤣🤣
Kali Southpaw (4 months ago)
So, "homosexuality was compulsory" in ancient Sparta. So they were like Hollywood today? Or the American media? Or being a host on CNN?
bpnaujienos (4 months ago)
oldthrashbar (4 months ago)
derrick guffey (1 month ago)
That statement has absolutely no historical basis whatsoever say that in Greece and you are likely to get beaten to death by everyone within earshot
Marat North (1 month ago)
You just let the world know you're ignorant
Keone Jones (1 month ago)
Lol good joke.
Tullus Sulla (2 months ago)
Nice bait.
peter konto (4 months ago)
What the matter with you blacks ....Get your own history from africa not europe...
Sid (4 months ago)
No it wasn't compulsory !! I had to dislike the video for that.. No need to push your own agenda in a documentary !!!
ALLAN ALIEN (4 months ago)
is it just me, or is she beautiful
pop (3 days ago)
Marat North this is because they try to change away history from Greece generally. lt started with Macedonia but now they also try with Sparta. This is pathetic. All propaganda documentaries for some reason are with British commentators..
Marat North (1 month ago)
+jumo004 id say a 5 or 6 out 10. Especially with how much history she's getting wrong. I wonder why even make a video, if half the material is fabricated? Beyond me.
jumo004 (1 month ago)
She's hot!
Marat North (1 month ago)
But do dumb
John Maddin (4 months ago)
I saw this when it was first shown, if you like learning history you'll like this series.
Andrew (4 months ago)
38:09 "if you want a picture of the ULTIMATE Spartan, here it is." I wonder how a phalanx would work if all Spartans were so "Ultimate". Maybe arms and legs are overkill? 🤔
Aeneas C. Stamos (4 months ago)
Every time she pronounced a word from the placque, Leonodas turned in his grave. As to the facts, there is no bs too outrageous to present as fact. Sad.
Theo Venn (4 months ago)
layoneedus lol
Łukasz Łukasz (4 months ago)
Every civilisation in ancient times had slaves, it was normal for them. The documentary demonised spartans. Greeks considered persians as barbarians and it was justyfied beacuse the full-right citizens in sparta was indyviduals taking part even in elections of authorities. In persia every man was treated like a dog without right. Ruler could do with him whatever he wanted.
jspee1965 (4 months ago)
Keep in mind, Alexander the Great had the good sense to stay well clear of Sparta. Read it, learn it... live it.
Ye4rZero (1 month ago)
Sparta was a shell of itself by Alexanders day. There was nothing to gain for him & too many years of war had left it unable to field a worthwhile force. NO army is so good it can fight constantly without wearing down, and the Spartans didn't have the advantage of a massive population base.
Hellenistic Eggo (1 month ago)
Philip told the Spartans that if he invaded, Sparta would be destroyed. The Spartans wrote back: If. Philip never invaded, nor Alexander
jspee1965 (2 months ago)
Way past their hey day. 3 Angry Den Mothers and a boy scout troop could have made Sparta part of the movement.
Not Your Business (2 months ago)
I believe the Romans made Sparta just another province.
Tullus Sulla (2 months ago)
I heard that the SPQR did.
Tom K (5 months ago)
Doesn't the host look like she could be a Spartan wife?
Black Tengu (5 months ago)
Julz De Of course modern Greeks are the ancient ones. Indeed, a 2017 DNA study now reveals modern Greeks are direct descendants of the REAL Greeks - the Argives or Mycenaeans of the Bronze Age - of Achilles, and Agamemnon and Odysseus and the Trojan war.
Letter L (5 months ago)
Is she saying "Hoplite" wrong or am I stupid and also "LeonEEdas"?
Marco Nogueira (5 months ago)
Esta série documental só falha por não explorar a época de alexandre o grande de macedónia e a sua relação com sparta. De resto é top
90 days (5 months ago)
I think the current greeks think they are still the ancient ones. That is very far from the truth and current greece proves my point.
Black Tengu (5 months ago)
The modern Greeks are indeed the ancient ones. Not just the classical Greeks, but the REAL Greeks - the bronze age Mycenaeans of Achilles, Agamemnon, and the Trojan war http://ancientpages.com/2017/08/04/genetic-mystery-solved-ancient--dna-reveals-greeks-descended-minoans-mycenaeans/
Anton Mishin (5 months ago)
Look. In this film, she does not wear a bra. It's very Spartan
Armando De Lá Iglesias (2 months ago)
Anton Mishin but I can’t see her tities
Jensenacklesishot 03 (5 months ago)
THIS IS SPAAAARTAAAAAAAA! *kicks guy in well*

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