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Now the state has divided the cavalry into ten separate regiments. I hold that within these you should, to begin with, appoint file-leaders1 after consulting each of the colonels, choosing sturdy men, who are bent on winning fame by some brilliant deed. These should form the front rank.

1 “Decadarchs,” commanding a file of ten δεκάς. X. had in mind the organisation of the Spartan infantry; cp. Constitution of the Lac. 11.5.

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