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The Spartan army was the center of the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta, where citizens were trained in the disciplines and honor of a warrior society. Spartan citizens were subjected to military training from a young age and they became one of the most feared military forces in the Greek world.

Notable members of the army include Nikolaos, Stentor and Brasidas.


In 480 BCE, at the Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas I of Sparta led an army of 300 Spartans to defend a narrow passage way Malis against the Achaemenid Empire.[1]

During the Peloponnesian War, the Spartans were deployed across Greece and served as one of the primary armies of the Peloponnesian League. In this capacity, they fought against the army deployed by Athens and the Delian League.[2]

In 431 BCE, the Spartan general Nikolaos led an invasion of Megaris alongside his adopted son Stentor. With the assistance of the misthios Kassandra, they defeated the Athenians and claimed the region for Sparta.[3]

Wars and battles

Greco-Persian Wars

Peloponnesian War

Military units

Behind the scenes

In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, specific units of the Spartan army carried specific default weapons: brutes bore Stone Axes, the heavy soldiers had kopides, while both the light soldiers and hoplites used javelins. The strategoi, anachronistically, carried around polearms akin to a voulge.



  1. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyPrologue
  2. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  3. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Final Push