When a boy was born in Sparta, elders of tribe saw the boy and decided whether he would be reared or left to die on Mount Taygetos. If he was decided to live, his mother was taught to feed him with plain food, to bathe him in wine for tempering his body, not to be afraid of being left alone and not to be afraid of dark.
A Spartan young male military training life started at the age of five, when he became a boy. This statue continued until he became eleven years old. He left his home and started to live in barracks. He was worn a tunic. He was taught to read and write. He was also taught a dance while carrying the weapon which trained the young male under his arms. He was learnt to sing all the songs of Tyrtaios on campaign by heart. He was enrolled in a pack and encouraged to compete against the packs in sports. He would be able to take part in competitive exercises at the age of ten in music dancing and athletics.