As to the food, he required the prefect to bring with him1 such a moderate amount of it that the boys would never suffer from repletion, and would know what it was to go with their hunger unsatisfied; for he believed that those who underwent this training would be better able to continue working on an empty stomach, if necessary, and would be capable of carrying on longer without extra food, if the word of command were given to do so: they would want fewer delicacies and would accommodate themselves more readily to anything put before them, and at the same time would enjoy better health.
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1 συμβολεύειν is the conjecture of F. Portus for συμβουλεύειν, and εἴρενα that of Schneider for ἄρρενα. The prefect took his meals with the class of which he had charge. But Stobaeus' text runs σῖτόν γε μὴν τοσοῦτον ἔχειν (for which read ἐσθίειν) συνεβούλευεν ὡς, “he recommended them to eat so moderately that they”; and this is probably right.
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