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斯巴达300勇士

When the boy was born...like all Spartans he was inspected. If he had been small
or puny or sickly or misshapen he would've been discarded. From the time he could stand, he was baptized in the fire of combat. Taught never to retreat, never to surrender. Taught that death on the battlefield in service to Sparta is the greatest glory he could achieve in his life. At age seven, as is customary in Sparta...the boy was taken from his mother and plunged in a world of violence. Manufactured by 300 years of Spartan warrior society to create the finest soldiers the world has ever known. The agoge, as it's called...forces the boy to fight. Starves them. Forces them to steal. And, if necessary, to kill. By rod and lash, the boy was punished. Taught to show no pain, no mercy. Constantly tested, tossed into the wild. Left to pit his wits and will against nature's fury. It was his initiation, his time in the wild. For he would return to his people a Spartan or not at all.

 “When the boy was born...like all Spartans he was inspected. If he had been small or puny or sickly or misshapen he would've been discarded.”
当男孩被生下,像所有的斯巴达人一样 他将受到检查,如果他瘦小、柔弱、多病、畸形,他将被遗弃。
Discard
To throw away; reject.丢弃,抛弃
discard the dross and select the essential 去粗取精
Misshapen
畸形的;残废的=deformed

“From the time he could stand, he was baptized in the fire of combat. Taught never to retreat, never to surrender. Taught that death on the battlefield in service to Sparta is the greatest glory he could achieve in his life.”
从他能够站立的那刻起,他就将接受战争的洗礼,被灌输进思想的是永远不撤退,永远不投降,为了斯巴达王国战死沙场,是他一生所能获得的最高荣誉。
Baptize
To admit into Christianity by means of baptism. 受洗
To cleanse or purify.使干净或纯洁

 “At age seven, as is customary in Sparta...the boy was taken from his mother and plunged in a world of violence.”
在七岁的时候 按照斯巴达的惯例,男孩将被从他母亲身边带走,投入无间炼狱之中。
Customary
Based on custom or tradition rather than written law or contract. 按惯例的基于习俗或传统而不是成文法或合同的
It is customary with me to do so. 这样做是我的习惯。
Plunge
To fall or throw oneself into a substance or place: 投入;陷入

 “By rod and lash, the boy was punished. Taught to show no pain, no mercy. Constantly tested, tossed into the wild. Left to pit his wits and will against nature's fury.”
男孩将会被棒子和鞭子惩罚,教育他们不允许流露痛苦与怜悯,他们还将被投放到野外参与猎杀,用他们的才智和意志与狂暴的自然斗争。
Toss
To throw lightly or casually or with a sudden slight jerk: See: throw
抛,掷轻轻地,漫不经心地或轻轻但突然用力地投掷:
tossed the letter in the wastebasket.把信件扔进废纸篓

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