Parca sed est Sparte. It is absurd, as some have done, to refer this to the institutions of Lycurgus, who flourished not till long after Paris and the destruction of Troy. In reality, Sparta came very far short of the Asiatic cities in wealth and magnificence, and therefore must have appeared to Paris as a very poor and inconsiderable city in comparison with that which he had left; for Troy was then the capital of Asia Minor, and one of the richest cities in the world. It is not therefore with an eye to any peculiar political forms or institutions of Sparta, that Paris calls it parca; but in opposition to the magnificence of Asia.
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