What Did Spartans Eat?


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Pippa Corbett Profile
Pippa Corbett answered
Spartans ate cereals, grain, meat, fish and vegetables. The men of Sparta were also known for enjoying a dish called 'black broth'.

What food did the Spartans eat?
Spartans ate a variety of foods, based on their local agriculture, and Ancient Greek cuisine was generally reliant on produce that could be grown or cultivated locally.

Seeing as Greece was a large producer of wheat, olives and wine, these three ingredients featured heavily in Spartan cooking.

Sparta was a war-like city state that placed an emphasis on men being 'bred' for violence and aggression and, traditionally, Spartan men would eat a lot of meat - with the infamous 'black broth' being a prime example of their culinary style.

Black broth was a pork-based stew that included a combination of vinegar, salt and blood. Spartans would have probably eaten cheese (and other dairy products), too - as well as fruits like figs (which were abundant and locally-grown).

Wine was the preferred drink of Ancient Greece, and Sparta was unique in that it was the only city to allow women to enjoy an alcoholic beverage like the men!
Hannah Park Profile
Hannah Park answered
One thing they ate was a form of blood soup - blood from an animal poured into a bowl. This encouraged them to steal whatever they could. Stealing was implied by the teachers, but not condoned.

Therefore Spartans had very little food provided, and then it was a blood meal, but they stole many other foods.

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