Gorgo was the only known child of King Cleomenes I, & the wife of King Leonidas I. Gorgo is noted as one of the few female historical figures named by Herodotus, & for her political acumen & wisdom. She is unique for being the daughter of a King of Sparta, the wife of another king of Sparta, & the mother of a third king of Sparta. "When asked by a woman from Attica, 'Why are you Spartan women the only ones who can rule men?', she said: 'Because we are also the only ones who give birth to…
Top 10 Witty (and Badass) Quotes from Ancient Sparta
“Because We are Also the Only Ones Who Give Birth to Men.” Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, explaining why Spartan women were allowed to rule men. Queen Gorgo was the wife of Leonidas. At the time she spoke it, women were second-class citizens just about everywhere, except in Sparta. In contrast to the other women of Greece, Spartan women were treated reasonably well, and enjoyed a much greater level of freedom than their peers could ever expect.
300 (2006). Leonidas, King of Sparta, is played by Gerard Butler. Partly in the frame on the left is Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, played by Lena Headey. Leonidas: "This is Sparta!" He's talking to the Persian Messenger, played by Peter Mensah.