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Λυκοῦργον καταμεμάθηκας, ὅτι κτλ.: Lycurgus was the famous lawgiver of Sparta; he is usually assigned to the eighth century B.C., but in reality nothing is known definitely of his date. As to his legislation, Holm (Hist. of Greece, i. 177) believes that ‘it is impossible to distinguish what belongs to Lycurgus, what is early Doric, and what is due to the times after Lycurgus. Only one point seems certain, that the work of Lycurgus was the consolidation of the supreme power of an aristocratic warrior caste.’—οὐδὲν διάφορον κτλ.: see on iii.5.15, and cf. σὺ δὲ οὔτε Λακεδαίμονα προῃροῦ οὔτε Κρήτην, ἃς δὴ ἑκάστοτε φῂς εὐνομεῖσθαι Plato Crito 52 E. ἄριστα διάγει: “is most flourishing.”
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