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How Was Sparta’s Way of Dealing with Weaker Male Babies Too Extreme?

This image depicts an illustration from an 1896 book entitled The Story of Greeks by H.A. Guerber. The couple is Cleombrotus II (a Spartan king of the Agiad dynasty) and Chilonis walking with their children.

Ancient Sparta had an extreme way of dealing with male babies whom the city's elders presumed to be weak.  Why would the people of Sparta accept what amounted to death sentences for some of their babies?


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