- "The agoge is what turns boys into men. Interfering would only weaken them, weaken Sparta."
Agoge was the Spartan way of rearing the youth into soldiers, beginning around the age of seven.
Despite being a girl, the Spartan misthios Kassandra also participated in the agoge, though her education was cut short due to her exile.
Located in the woods around the polis was the Spartan training territory, where youths willing to prove themselves came.
Paidiskoi Camp in Lakonia was the camp where the paidiskoi remained as reserve members of the Spartan army during their agoge.
During the Peloponnesian War, Kassandra was tasked by Xanthe, the magistrate of Pitana to escort her younger son, Makarios, to the Agoge Camp North in Mount Taygetos for his training.
During the Peloponnesian War, the agoge master at the Agoge Camp North was Iatrokles.
Paidiskoi were the youths in the middle phase of the agoge, aged about 17-19, and served as reserve members of the Spartan army.
The best among the Agoge Fighters became krypteia.
- The word is Greek αγωγή (agogí), meaning 'rearing, upbringing, education, training' and even 'discipline'.