| The education was an important part of the spiritual culture
mostly of the noble Thracians. Within the family of the common member of
the community it consisted of only one thing – daily hard labour in the
fields or stockbreeding plus ability to use the sward and the spear. Most
of the village boys and girls, as was mentioned before, were sold in slavery
and there they had the same fate, if not worse, in case they were sent
to the deep and moist mines or to the Greek ships as rowers.
The education of the Thracian noble young men was not quite exquisite. The training of the physical tenacity, iron will and military art were proverbial and the Greeks had more than once the chance to face those abilities of the Thracians. In the Ancient World the Spartan school for bravery, stamina and spirit of battle was also famous. In fact Sparta was founded by the Thracians and followed the traditions of its ancestors. Along with the military art, the Thracian noble young men learnt rhetoric. They had to become able orators and fire the military spirit of the warriors. They had to be able to conduct negotiations and make a good impression to those around in the course of the small talk. They adopted a range of labour abilities for the main agricultural activities. In this line particularly important was the knowledge in breaking the horses in. The selection of thoroughbreds was the exclusive line of activity for the Thracian rulers in the antiquity.