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1 The oligarchical party in Athens, generally, admired Spartan institutions. Among writers, Xenophon especially （see Xen. Const. Lac.） was emphatic in his praise of them. The Athenian philosophers, also, were wont to contrast the rigor and discipline of the Spartan with the slackness of the Athenian ways of life. See Isoc. 3.24 and note.