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
  1. adjective
    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
    synonyms: severe
    nonindulgent, strict
    characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint
  2. adjective
    practicing great self-denial
    “a spartan diet”
    “a spartan existence”
    synonyms: ascetic, ascetical, austere
    sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
  3. adjective
    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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