A spartan existence is kind of like being a monk. Your room is bare, you live simply and eat sparingly, and your sheets are probably scratchy.

In ancient Greece, there were two great city states: Athens and Sparta. Athens had the artists, the good food, the great parties. Sparta had the warriors — the guys who went to bed early and drilled all day. They lived in bare rooms and didn’t get sick days or time off. A spartan life is a life of discipline and self-denial. Some people like it like that. Go figure.

Definitions of spartan

adj unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

nonindulgent, strict
characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint

adj practicing great self-denial

“a spartan diet”
“a spartan existence”
ascetic, ascetical, austere
sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

adj resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity

spartan courage”
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination

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