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The formation that would add most to the beauty of the exercises at the inspections1 has already been explained. Provided his horse is strong enough, the leader should ride round with the file that is on the outside every time. He will be galloping all the time himself, and the file whose turn it is to be on the outside with him will also be galloping. Thus the eyes of the Council will always be on the galloping file, and the horses will get a breathing space, resting by turns.2

1 The allusion is not to the inspection of recruits by the Council, but to the manoeuvres enumerated in 3.l. The formation is that proposed in 2.

2 As it is not known precisely what evolutions took place at the displays, it is impossible to make out what changes Xenophon proposes.

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