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[840b] but they also possessed much more sexual vigor of body.

That this really happened in the case of these athletes is indeed, as you say, confidently affirmed by the ancients.

Well then, if those men had the fortitude to abstain from that which most men count bliss for the sake of victory in wrestling, running, and the like, shall our boys be unable to hold out in order to win a much nobler victory—that which is the noblest of all victories, as we shall tell them from their childhood's days, charming them into belief, we hope, by tales

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