He saw that where the spirit of rivalry1 is strongest among the people, there the choruses are most worth hearing and the athletic contests afford the finest spectacle. He believed, therefore, that if he could match the young men together in a strife of valour, they too would reach a high level of manly excellence.2 I will proceed to explain, therefore, how he instituted matches between the young men.
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