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23. ὥσπερ οὐδὲ Κρῆτες. There seems to be no other authority for this statement, but (as Sauppe remarks) the resemblance between the Cretan and Spartan institutions is well known.

26. ἀλλὰ καὶ γυναῖκες. Women in Sparta held a position of much greater power and influence than in the rest of Greece, partly at least in consequence of their superior education, physical and otherwise: cf. Ar. Pol. II. 9. 1269b. 32 πολλὰ διῳκεῖτο ὑπὸ τῶν γυναικῶν ἐπὶ τῆς ἀρχῆς αὐτῶν (sc. τῶν Λακεδαιμονίων) and see Grote, 11, 383 ff. Heindorf remarks that wise and pregnant sayings by Spartan women (such as are given in pseudo-Plutarch's Λακαινῶν ἀποφθέγματα, e.g. the famous τέκνον, τὰν ἐπὶ τᾶς) were probably already current in Plato's time.

28. εἰ γὰρ ἐθέλειεὑρήσει. Cf. 324A

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