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[740d] through the occurrence of sterility,—in all these cases the magistrates, whom we shall appoint as the highest and most distinguished,1 shall consider how to deal with the excess or deficiency in families, and contrive means as best they can to secure that the 5,040 househoIds shall remain unaltered. There are many contrivances possible: where the fertility is great, there are methods of inhibition, and contrariwise there are methods of encouraging and stimulating the birth-rate, by means of honors and dishonors, and by admonitions addressed

1 i.e. the Law wardens; cp. Plat. Laws 755b.

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