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τὰ αὑτῶν πράττειν: i.e. παίζειν. Herwerden's conjecture τὰ τοιαῦτα παίζειν is both needless and inelegant. οὐ πολὺς χρόνος κτλ. Stallbaum cites Hdt. I 10 παρὰ γὰρ τοῖσι Λυδοῖσι, σχεδὸν δὲ καὶ παρὰ τοῖσι ἄλλοισι βαρβάροισι, καὶ ἄνδρα ὀφθῆναι γυμνὸν ἐς αἰσχύνην μεγάλην φέρει, and Thuc. I 6 ἐγυμνώθησάν τε πρῶτοι (Λακεδαιμόνιοι) κτλ. γυμνασίων is used in its strict etymological sense of γυμνοὶ ἀγῶνες: we ought not to insert γυμνῶν (with Richards) or τοιούτων (with Herwerden) before γυμνασίων. πρῶτοι -- Κρῆτες. Plato contradicts Thucydides l.c. Cf. [Minos] 318 D, where Spartan institutions are derived from Crete, and see Hermann-Thumser Gr. Staatsalt. p. 141 notes
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