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RIP my Sparta

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Four months without you. </3
I wish you could have grown up.
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Grumpy-Old-Snake's avatar
Aw, man, she was beautiful. I didn't know you had a kitten, let alone that you lost her, until your comment on my journal. I'm sorry. :(
My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
Thank you :hug:
She really was. I couldn't capture it in this photo but she's got this pattern of cracks in her eyes that makes them look like dragon eyes. I'd stare for ages just feeling so amazed by her. And she'd get uncomfortable with my staring and check behind her like - why are you staring? Is there something behind me?
charcoalfeather's avatar
Poor Sparta...she was adorable. I love her eyes and her expression!
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Pebblefur's avatar
The most beautiful eyes and conquerer of laps. Sad Hug - Updated 
My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
:manhug: Indeed. I'm sad you never got to meet her.
Voice-of-Kujira's avatar
I
I CAN'T HELP IT
I'M CRYING

She's too adorable for the world... seriously one of the cutest cats I've ever seen Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon 
My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
Yes, I could never get over how perfect she was :( Thanks, man :iconsupertighthugplz: 
Voice-of-Kujira's avatar
No problem. As a person who has nightmares about losing their cat every night, I really feel bad for you. :(
KarenAld's avatar
Aww, she was a beauty! Obviously still in your heart!
Our condolences.
KarenAld's avatar
Hug Aww, you are quite welcome!
RetSamys's avatar
May she reign over a kingdom at least as big as her name.

Sparta was a diarchy, ruled by two kings from two families. After their deaths, they turned into heroes of legends for the people. With one king gone, the legend begins.
My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
My heart is smaller than that, but it's something.

I've always found the idea of that interesting. Did they split duties? How do they get along? Etc.
RetSamys's avatar
I just learned about that, because of your cat. And that's maybe the best reason I've had to research stuff.

Both families claimed to descend from Heracles, as they do, so they both get to rule. Both kings rule more or less like other kings rule, only that they can get vetoed by the other king. Because politics.
But there was also a whole constitution (with an oligarchy and a democracy), so they were restricted and over time, the kings got less power. 5 elected officials look over the kings.
They were both kind of generals, who were also religious leaders and judges. If you just look at their duties separately, you might see that work.
The general part is easy. There's an army. Ancient Greeks like war. In times of war, one stays at home, the other one gets to play with his soldiers.
Religion in ancient times was strict enough, I imagine, to make them less spiritual decision-makers and more ceremonial figures who also officiate marriages and adoptions and funerals...
Political actions have more to do with the oligarchical system (both kings are part of the gerusia, the other 28 members are elected for life, who are over 60 years old and almost always part of an old family) and the democratic part of the system. The gerusia was also a sort of high court.

And this all works because everyone who wants to be a citizen, you need to be a man (duh), born free (on the father's side, of course - and you have to prove that your father's line has Spartan citizens), have served in the military (part of their education system) and contribute to and participate in the daily meal (and this sounds funny, but it was very important for keeping their society stable - city states are so interesting). It also worked, because, like in other ancient Greek states, there was a separation of powers.
As a citizen, the state gives you land and slaves (both of which you don't own, the state does), so you don't have to worry about much and can concentrate on politics, the state ideology and war.

It's more complicated than that, of course, but that's the overview.
But yes, the kings did not always get along - with each other or with other parts of the system. =D
HelevornArt's avatar
She is so beautiful, those eyes are gorgeous! :heart: I love her name btw, a warrior kitten! I'm sorry she couldn't be around longer... :(
My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
Thank you :hug:
She really was. There are a lot of cats in our neighbourhood and I'd see them patrolling the area, so I was worried about her, but she had no problems. Once she was out and about, I wouldn't see the other cats around anymore. Just her. Like she owned the damn place and she was a kitten.
HelevornArt's avatar
She sounds awesome! :heart:
17mndrake's avatar
I'm so sorry. :c He's so pretty! 
My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
Thank you :'c
She's a girl, and yes she was~
17mndrake's avatar
Oh, my bad. She. :/ 

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My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
No worries. ^^ I don't think it's well known, but Sparta is supposed to be a girl's name anyway. The city of Sparta is named after a woman. Though when I named Sparta I didn't know that.
17mndrake's avatar
Huh. I never knew that. Gee... I wonder why. 


-glares daggers at the patriarchy- 
My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
Wait, what? Like you wonder why it's not common knowledge?

Yeah haha sometimes you get details conveniently forgotten.
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