|“||My Lord, Kratos! Another city is ready to fall! Soon all will know the glory of Sparta!||”|
Known for their brutal training regime, the Agoge, a militaristic society, male children were separated into the weak and strong. At the age of seven, the strong were sent off to begin their military training. The weak were sent to the mountains, to die. Sparta was also known for their great, long lasting rivalry with the city-state of Athens. Sparta fought many wars, battling many foes, such as the Persians, Athenians, and other Greek city states. Neither Philip II of Macedonia, nor Alexander the Great tried to conquer Sparta, and so the Spartans were the only Greeks who didn't take part in Alexander's war against Persia.
During the Punic Wars, Sparta allied with the Romans against the Carthaginians. Yet Spartan independence ended when it was forced into the Achaean League. Then, in 146 BC, the Roman general, Lucius Mummius, conquered Greece. During the Roman rule, the Spartans were able to continue their way of life, and the city became a tourist attraction for the wealthy Roman elite who wished to view the Spartans' exotic customs.
Today, Sparta is known as Sparti.
In the God of War seriesEdit
Kratos grew up in Sparta, and became one of its greatest warriors. Like all other Spartan boys, Kratos was sent off to receive military training at age seven. Soon after, he grew to become its greatest general, leading them through large amounts of battles.
Raised as a Spartan, he is sometimes referred to as Spartan or Ghost of Sparta, the latter being due to having the ashes of his wife, Lysandra, and child, Calliope, forever coated to his skin. In God of War II, Kratos is worshipped throughout Sparta as the new God of War, and under his command, they siege city after city.
Another notable character from Sparta is the Last Spartan. During a fight with Kratos, in which his true identity was hidden from the former god, he gets mortally wounded. In his dying breath, the Spartan informs Kratos of Sparta's destruction at the hands of Zeus. The people cried out for their god to save them, but he did not come. With that, Kratos' hatred for the King of Olympus grew even stronger. By going back in time to fight Zeus, Kratos ultimately saved Sparta along with the Last Spartan.
However, after killing Poseidon, which caused a massive flood over all of Greece, Kratos most likely, although unintentionally, wiped out all of Sparta but some of its inhabitants may have survived the flooding.
Sparta also appeared in God of War: Ghost of Sparta, as Kratos travelled to Sparta through the mountains of Aroania, and hitched a ride from (a rather unwilling) Erinys, daughter of Thanatos, ruler of Death's Domain. There, he went to the Temple of Ares, and found a ghost, in the image of his younger self. After defeating said ghost and obtaining the Skull of Keres, Kratos resolved to go to Atlantis once again to find his brother, Deimos.
Sparta also houses a brothel where the men and soldiers can choose to have intercourse with any of the women.
- Sparta was the name of the wife of Lacedaemon, who named the city after her as a tribute. He was also a son of Zeus and therefore a half-brother of Kratos.
- It seems that Sparta is held in high regard by various characters, including even the gods and Titans. This can be seen by Kratos is occasionally being called Spartan.
|Locations:||Temple of Ares|
|Spartans:||Kratos | Last Spartan | King of Sparta | King Leonidas (Non-Canon) | Kratos' Army | Kratos' Fleet|
|Residents:||Deimos | Callisto | Calliope | Lysandra | Disciples of Ares | Brothel Women | Dissenter|
|Gods Worshiped:||Ares (Formerly) | Kratos|
|Other Enemies:||Kratos' Ghost|
|Significant Encounters and Items|
|Encounters:||Sex Mini Game|
|Items:||Kratos' Equipment | Callisto's Armlet | Aphrodite's Ambrosia | Ares' Sword | The Skull of Keres | Arms of Sparta | Sword of Valor | King Leonidas Set (Multiplayer Only)|
|Events:||Siege of Attica | Siege of Athens | Siege of Rhodes | Pride of Sparta | The Marked Warrior|
|Others:||A Secret Revealed | Birth of the Beast | Bonus Costumes | Zeus|