|Whatever happens my father, Sparcus, must
never hear me complain. For I am Spartan and proud of it. They will teach me how to read
and write, but we Spartans don't think that's important. To be a soldier is what we all
want. To defeat Athens.
When I am 20 I will
have to pass a difficult test of fitness, military
ability, and leadership skills. If I pass I become a full citizen and a Spartan
soldier. If I fail, and I don't intend to, I will merely be Periokos ... middle class!!!