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[363d] all the other young men; and greet for me your comrades at the game of ball1; and charge Aristocritus, as well as the rest, that if any message or letter from me should come to your palace, he must take care that you are informed of it as soon as possible; and bid him remind you not to neglect the contents of my letters. So too now, do not neglect to repay Leptines his money, but pay it back as promptly as possible, in order that the others also, seeing how you deal with him, may be the more ready to assist us.

1 The Greek word “fellow-spherists” suggests a play on the double meaning of “sphere” as “ball” and “globe” (cf. Plat. L. 2.312d); so that the real meaning may be “fellow-astronomers.”

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