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[833a] and of hand for the stand-up fighting at close quarters which calls for sturdiness and strength.

Clinias
No doubt.

Athenian
Yet, surely, neither of these is of the greatest service when it lacks weapons.

Clinias
Certainly not.

Athenian
So at our contests the herald (as is now the practice) shall summon first the short-distance runner: he shall enter fully armed; and for an unarmed competitor we shall offer no prize. First, then, there shall enter the man who, with his arms, is to run the furlong,—second, the runner of the quarter-mile,—

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