According to Aristotle,”...the Lacedaemonian women defeats the intention of the Spartan constitution,...”(Aristotle,The Politics of Aristotle,).  The wives of the Warriors of Sparta would gain the estates at the loss of their husbands. Some would have very large places and some very small. This caused the transfer of property to the few. With the men constantly out to war and the women at home to run the estates the population started to diminish. Aristotle argues “The result proves the faulty nature of their laws respecting property; for the city sank under a single defeat; the want of men was their ruin.”(Aristotle,The Politics of Aristotle,: Book 2).  Aristotle in many ways admired the Spartans' way of life: he viewed their idea as good, but doomed to fail.
Most of our written evidence from the ancient world was produced by educated, well-to-do men. They have undoubtedly left us a reasonably accurate picture of their own life, but how much trust can we put in the comments they made on the lives of everyone else. Nowhere is this situation more troubling than in Ancient Greece where women were largely regarded as inferior creatures scarcely more intelligent than children. Most of the written record comes from Athens ; the little bit we know about the other Greek states was more often than not written by an Athenian