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[959d] and to spend in moderation,1 as it were on a soulless altar to the gods below:2 and what constitutes moderation the lawgiver will most properly divine. Let this, then, be the law:—An expenditure on the whole funeral not exceeding five minas for a man of the highest property-class, three minas for one of the second class, two for one of the third, and one mina for one of the fourth class, shall be held to be moderate amounts. The Law-wardens must of necessity perform many other duties and supervise many other matters,

1 Cp. Plat. Laws 717e Plat. Laws 719d.

2 i.e. the corpse is like an altar which has no “real presence” to sanctify it; hence it is less worthy of costly offerings.

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