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A Spartan is a person from the Greek city Sparta or the ancient Greek city-state of the same name. In the latter context, the term "Spartan" in its most technical sense refers to a member of the Spartiate caste and under some usages also encompasses the class of mothakes, residents of Sparta who were free but did not enjoy full political rights.

The proper noun "Spartan" can also refer to a member of one of the numerous athletic teams (see below) named after the soldiers of ancient Sparta, especially its renowned hoplite infantry. The adjective "spartan" (see Wiktionary) refers to the frugal and austere nature of the Spartans.


  • Spartan (comics), Wildstorm comic book character
  • Spartan (film), written and directed by David Mamet and starring Val Kilmer
  • Spartan (book), the historical novel by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  • The SPARTAN Program, a story element in the Halo series of games
  • Roderick Bradley, who competes as "Spartan", a gladiator in the UK TV series Gladiators
  • 300, a 2007 American fantasy action film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller. It is a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae. The plot revolves around King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), who leads 300 Spartans into battle against Persian "King" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army of more than one million soldiers. As the battle rages, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support in Sparta for her husband. The story is framed by a voice-over narrative by a Spartan soldier.


Teams referred as the Spartans:

Non-scholastic teams[edit]

University teams[edit]

High school teams[edit]

-St. Mary's High School, Lynn, Massachusetts


  • Andrey Koreshkov (born 1990), Russian mixed martial artist nicknamed "Spartan"
  • Lucio Linhares (born 1973), Brazilian mixed martial artist nicknamed "Spartan"
  • Vinicius Queiroz (born 1983), Brazilian mixed martial artist nicknamed "Spartan"



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