- an ancient city in S Greece: the capital of Laconia and the chief city of the Peloponnesus, at one time the dominant city of Greece: famous for strict discipline and training of soldiers.
- an ancient country in the S part of Greece. Capital: Sparta.
- a city in central New Hampshire.
Examples from the Web for sparta
Therefore, we can at least infer that the people of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes did not have a rigorous eugenics program like Sparta.Living With Disability in the Dark Ages
July 22, 2014
They are the Sparta of world soccer: A small nation, punching above its weight, taking no prisoners, and never saying sorry.Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s Notorious Soccer Vampire, Strikes Again—Biting Italian in World Cup Win
June 24, 2014
It probably comes as a surprise to many, but the army may have more in common with Norway than Sparta.The U.S. Military Is a Socialist Paradise
April 21, 2014
Poland and Ireland were Sparta and Spartacus compared to these villains.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy
February 16, 2014
What was the meaning of ancient Sparta to you as you worked on this book?A Troubled Iraq War Vet Returns Home in Roxana Robinson’s ‘Sparta’
June 3, 2013
It was resolved to continue the war, and no further embassies were sent to Sparta.
And in the meantime a trireme was despatched in all haste to carry their petition to Sparta.
At Athens and Sparta there is an apparent contradiction about them.Symposium
Sparta had no life or growth; no poetry or tradition of the past; no art, no thought.
The two great types of Athens and Sparta had deeply entered into his mind.
- an ancient Greek city in the S Peloponnese, famous for the discipline and military prowess of its citizens and for their austere way of life
- an ancient country of S Greece, in the SE Peloponnese, of which Sparta was the capital: corresponds to the present-day department of Lakonia
Word Origin and History for sparta
said to be from Greek sparte "cord made from spartos," a type of broom. Perhaps the reference is to the cords laid as foundation markers for the city.