32 Startling Facts You Didn’t Know About the Spartans

Though it didn’t last for even one millennium and hasn’t been around for more than 2,200 years, the time of the Spartans is still one of the most intriguing in human history. Sparta was a city-state in Ancient Greece that would become a forceful power in the region. Sparta came to an end in 192 BC when it was annexed by Achaea, but it certainly had a good run with a lot of interesting history. Let’s look at XX of those amazing facts about Sparta that you might not have known about to remind you why people still talk about the region and its people.

32Iron Was Their Currency

While most ancient cultures used a lot of gold and silver as their currency, the Spartans used bars of pure iron. The reason for this was because hoarding precious metal was discouraged, and having gold and silver was even prohibited. For smaller transactions, coins were made of leather.