Carved ivory pin from Sparta. Archaic Period, 600s bce. The winged goddess holding birds or lions is usually identified as Artemis, but the qualities of goddesses in the archaic period are often interchangeable. The feathered headdress is a trait of Hera, for example. Ortheia came to be designated as Artemis Ortheia, but not by the Spartans.
When a Spartan warrior left for war, his mother would hand him his shield, with the words 'either with it or on it', i.e. that he should return either victorious or dead, either carrying his shield or being carried on it. They didn't go in for sentimentality, those Spartans. The word 'laconic' derives from Laconia, a polis of ancient Sparta. Spartans were expected to be people of few words.