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[15] And since victory is pleasant, competitive and disputatious1 amusements must be so too,
for victories are often gained in them; among these we may include games with knuckle-bones, ball-games, dicing, and draughts. It is the same with serious sports; for some become pleasant when one is familiar with them, while others are so from the outset, such as the chase and every description of outdoor sport; for rivalry implies victory. It follows from this that practice in the law courts and disputation are pleasant to those who are familiar with them and well qualified.

1 Controversiae or school rhetorical exercises, as well as arguing in the law courts; unless ἐριστικάς means simply “in which there is rivalry.”

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