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[342c] by imitating them, bind their knuckles with thongs, go in for muscular exercises, and wear dashing little cloaks,1 as though it were by these means that the Spartans were the masters of Greece. And when the Spartans wish to converse unrestrainedly with their sophists, and begin to chafe at the secrecy of their meetings, they pass alien acts against the laconizing set2 and any other strangers within their gates, and have meetings with the sophists unknown to the foreigners; while on their part they do not permit any of their young men

1 Short cloaks or capes worn in a fashion imitated from the Spartans.

2 i.e., people who have come to acquire the Spartan way of life, in order to spread it in other cities.

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