Skip to main content

AGOGE Week

NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
AGOGE Week

AGOGE-LOGO.png

AGOGE Week

Norfolk State University uses AGOGE Week as  Welcome Week. It sets the stage for incoming students to learn about the history of Norfolk State, to begin developing new friendships that could last a lifetime and to hear information designed to help them succeed in the classroom.  The week also provides new students with some fun activities.

AGOGE HISTORY

In ancient Sparta, the agoge was required to
properly train a Spartan into becoming a true and
complete warrior. Agoge comes from the Greek
language and means education or training. Agoge
aims to enrich and perfect the entire human being.
It is the development of the mind and the molding
of the character. Virtue, excellence, honor, beauty
and heroism are some of the aspects involved with
the pursuit of education. They are achieved by
good teaching and proper example. In ancient
Sparta, girls and boys were required to enter
training at the age of seven. The agoge could last a
few days for some, and months for others
depending on how they proved themselves in
training. Skill is a prerequisite. Acceptance into the
agoge means you already have the potential to be
great; the agoge will simply temper you into the
total warrior.

Source: Phougias, Methodios.
The Hellenic Agoge. 387-393.