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Trade in Ancient Sparta
Transcript of Trade in Ancient Sparta
Sparta used the many
to farm for them and produce goods.
-> Spartan Men were more focused on military training
were free, non-citizens of Sparta. They participated in trade activities and trade olive oil, meat, goat cheese and wheat.
- Sparta did not use coins as their currency, instead they had iron bars
- They were a rich territory with many natural resources
- Fertile valleys were good for producing olives, wine, vegetables as well as providing adequate land for cattle
- Good ports with easy access to the Aegean and Ionian Seas
- Sparta's lands were very priviledged as they were capable enough to produce many crops and vegetation
- The three main products were; olives, cereals and the vine
- Helots did most of the farm labour
-> Spartans would eventually starve without the Helots
Currency of Ancient Sparta
Iron Bars were used in contrary to the other city-states who used gold and silver. This:
- required a more strenous effort to steal
- made it to difficult to trade due to the different curency to the other city-states
The general outlook towards trade was:
- discouraged, as they focused mainly on military power and conquering lands
- they also feared contact with other city states as it would weaken their government since it promoted a dependent mindset
- had helots to farm the food for them
- town with seaport was called Gytheio
This doesn't mean they didn't trade at all...
Trade in Depth: An Overview
Trade in Ancient Sparta
by Victoria, Jennifer, Alice and
Trade in Ancient Sparta:
“…Thus, gradually cut off from the things that animate and feed it, luxury trophied of its own accord.”
Since Sparta did not own enough land to feed all their people, they fought for the lands and took over.
Periokois' the free men; were the ones who traded with other city states if necessary.
-> produced food and other goods such as clothing and shoes.
THE HELOTS ( from Laconia; a land which Sparta conquered) made up the majority of the population and acted like slaves/serfs to the Spartans.
They completed most of the agriculture work and were demanded to hand over half of their produce as payment to the Spartans.
Often the Helots were beaten and if they attempted to escape, were killed.
SPARTAN SILVER TETRADRACHM
ACTIVITY: FIND SPARTA
HOW DO YOU SPELL THE NAME OF THE FREE MEN WHO WERE NOT CITIZENS OF SPARTA?
NAME TWO REASONS WHY SPARTANS DID NOT LIKE TRADE
TRUE OR FALSE
HELOTS ORIGINATED FROM IONIA
WE PREVIOUSLY SHOWED YOU A PICTURE OF A SPARTAN SILVER _____?
EXTRA FOOD FOR SPELLING
(WIN TWICE AS MANY FOOD !!1!1)
ACT OUT A SPARTAN WARRIOR
WHAT WAS THE TOWN WITH THE SEAPORT CALLED?
we'll start easy...