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ἀλλὰ μήν: as in i. 1. 6. οὐκ ἐπῄνει: improbabat. Cf. ὅτι Δέξιππον μὲν οὐκ ἐπαινοίη, εἰ ταῦτα πεποιηκὼς εἴη An. vi.6.25—τὸ μὲν οὖν ὑπερεσθίοντα κτλ.: he accordingly disapproved of overeating along with overworking. ὑπερεσθίοντα agrees with the understood subj. (τινά) of ὑπερπονεῖν. The allusion is to the enormous appetites of athletes while in training, a process which must have been more one-sided in its results than our modern training is. In Plato and Euripides the professional athletes are stigmatized as lazy, greedy, and sleepy. In the fourth idyl of Theocritus, the boxer Aegon is described as taking with him twenty sheep for his month of training, and as eating eighty barley-cakes in one day.
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