what did spartans look for when examining there infants?
like what made them think some babies were unfit
- EnguerarrardLv 72 years ago
They looked for deformities. One of the most common deformities is cleft palate, which makes it impossible for an infant to nurse. Such an infant is doomed to die of dehydration anyway. They also looked for crooked or malformed limbs. I think they would have missed things like Down's syndrome, but IDK about that.
- LarsEighnerLv 72 years ago
Deformities, being exceptionally small or sickly, blind or deaf, palsies,
- Gray BoldLv 72 years ago
The slopes of Taygetus have been inhabited since at least Mycenean times. Taygetus was important as one of Sparta's natural defenses. The Spartans threw criminals and "unfit" (weak, sickly, deformed, or mentally retarded) infants into a chasm of Taygetus.
- Anonymous2 years ago
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- Sir CausticLv 72 years ago
An extra head was usually a good indicator that there wasn't much of a future for the kid.
- Anonymous2 years ago
No child with any visible physical deformity was allowed to be reared. So anything like club foot, cleft palate, Down's syndrome, missing fingers, etc was simply 'exposed' - that is, left out on the mountainside to die or be eaten by predators.
Edited to add: whoever marked my reply down obviously can't cope with historical fact ...
- geraldLv 72 years ago
They had a tough regime young boys were introduced to a king of cadet school they were made to follow rules like sleeping only 4 hours and work stints drills and schooling filled their days and like exams some were top of the year others we bottom every thing had points like sport and wrestling so the future officers were good at most things a brainless child may still be a strong fighter there is a saying about living a Spartan life when things are really tough the boys were brought up in a very tough regime most past to fail was disgrace to them their family they were greatly feared as fighting men through out the known world they had no fear of death which in itself is a chilling thought to a lesser enemy the battle was half won my answer is already marked down by ignorant Americans how did 300 Spartans defeated the Persian army of many thousands at Marathon and you say they were not tough in your dreams
- RayLv 62 years ago
You watch too much movies. Movies are not reality. Your mami never told you not to believe everything you see on tv? LOL