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καὶ ἐν Λακεδαίμονι. I follow Winckelmann and others (see crit. n.) in bracketing these words: possibly they should be transposed to a place in the next clause, either after γὰρ or after Βοιωτοῖς (in suggesting this I find myself anticipated by an anonymous critic, ap. Teuffel, Rhein. Mus. XXIX. p. 145). That Laconia was a hot-bed of paederasty might be inferred à priori from its military-oligarchical constitution, and is betokened by the verb λακωνίζειν used as a synonym for παιδικοῖς χρῆσθαι (Ar. frag. 322), and the adj. κυσολάκων for παιδεραστής. It is certainly unlikely that a ποικίλος νόμος would be ascribed to the Laconians, and unlikely too that they would be classed apart from the μὴ σοφοὶ λέγειν. Moreover, in 182 D ff. it is ἐνθάδε (ἡμέτερος) νόμος which is treated as ποικίλος, and no mention is made there of a similar Laconian νόμος. For Laconian mores, Stallb. cites Xen. Rep. Lac. II. 13; Plut. Lac. Inst. p. 237 B; Aelian V. H. III. 10. 12. In Xen. Symp. VIII. 35 the Lacedaemonians are lauded—θεὰν γὰρ οὐ τὴν Ἀναίδειαν ἀλλὰ τὴν Αἰδῶ νομίζουσι (which ought, perhaps, to be construed as implying that they are slighted here).

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