What happened at the Gymnopaediae Festival?
Held in honour of the Battle of Thyrea, this annual festival was held in July and included singing, dancing and the snatching of cheese from the altar in the Temple of Artemis Orthia. The purpose of the festival was to emphasise tradition and maintain the Spartan way of life. This source-based homework task supports student understanding of the NSW Ancient History syllabus
Higher School Certificate course
Part II: Ancient Societies
Option I: Spartan Society to the Battle of Leuctra
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