Ancient Sparta had some secrets. Are you ready to hear them? For instance, a Spartan leader named Lycurgus was the Spartan George Washington. Yet he told a lie and preserved the most formidable fighting power of the ancient world. The last thing people wanted to see were Spartan warriors combing their long hair. Why? Because war was about to break out, and it would be nasty. Sparta scrapped gold and silver for iron bars that nobody wanted, and became rich in what mattered most. Spartan boys learned to steal and spy. They only got in trouble if they got caught, which is why only in Sparta would a boy let a stolen fox chew through his stomach rather than cry out.