Athens and Sparta With a partner: How do you think these two city states are going to differ geographically?
Athens Sparta • Central Greece • 4 miles from Aegean Sea • Travelers! • Enjoy spreading ideas, art, knowledge • Naval power & strong influence • to other City States • Isolated • Harbor 25 miles away - surrounded by mountains! • Not friendly to outsiders • Better soil for agriculture • Being a soldier is VERY important
Sparta Athens • Patron Goddess: Athena • Goddess of Wisdom, Justice, Courage • Worshipped same Gods as Spartans • Patron Goddess: Artemis • Goddess of Wilderness, Hunt, Fertility • Worshipped same Gods as Athenians Zeus – King of Gods Poseidon – God of the Sea