Awesome Greek Facts - Laconic Wit vs Philip II of Macedon
Laconic Wit is the Spartan’s view on speech. Their basic belief is that the wise do not need to say much to make their point which is the opposite of the Athenian view. It shows efficiency in thought which translates to efficiency in the rest of the person’s life.
Basically a true bad ass warrior doesn’t have to flaunt anything. Only a wannabe does so how you act and how you talk proves who you really are.
It’s minimalism at its finest and there’s no better example than the exchange of words between another Greek group, the Macedonians.
It was when Philip II was invading the Greek city-states and creating the League of Corinth. The purpose was to unite the Greeks against the Persians and when it was time to deal with the Spartans this is what was said.
A letter from Phillip II said: "You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city."
The Spartans sent a reply which said: “If”
Philip II never attacked the Spartans but he did try to talk to them one last time.
Philip II sent a letter stating: “If I entered your city would you accept me as a friend or foe?”
The Spartan reply was: “Neither”
As tough as the Macedonians were they got the message loud and clear from the original bad asses of the Greek world.