Diversa quamvis e gente; 'a nation differing from ours in its laws and customs.' It is necessary for the reader, before he can fully enter into the meaning of this verse, to reflect, that all foreign people were by the Grecians accounted barbarians, and that the Spartans in particular had an unconquerable aversion to strangers. Paris was therefore under a double tie of gratitude to Menelaus, who, among a people of this temper, had afforded him so kind a reception.
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