Illa tellus. As Paris wished that Helen would abandon her husband and kingdom, it was material to let her know that the change to which he persuaded her would be advantageous. This is the reason why Paris commends the wealth and opulence of Phrygia, and extols it above that of Lacedaemon. He endeavours to tempt her by a prospect of the honors that will be paid to her upon her arrival in her new kingdom, and artfully dwells upon that which is most apt to engage the notice of the fair sex,--dress and finery. Sparta, and Greece in general, were far removed from the luxury of Asia. Here the refinements in dress, equipage, and gallantry, even in that early age of the world, were carried to a great height.
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