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ἄγριος κτλ.: like the Spartans towards slaves and Helots: cf. Laws 777 A ff. and Gilbert Gk Const. Ant. E. T. pp. 32 ff.

οὐ καταφρονῶν κτλ. is a subtle psychological touch. Those who have no moral or intellectual right to ‘despise’ inferiors are apt to treat them harshly, in the vain effort to convince themselves of their own superiority. ἱκανῶς πεπαιδευμένος uses those below him “as creatures of another place” (All's well that ends well I 2. 41). Cf. Arist. Eth. Nic. IV 8. 1124^{b} 5. 20 and (for καταφρονῶν) Thuc. II 62. 4 αὔχημα μὲν γὰρ καὶ ἀπὸ ἀμαθίας εὐτυχοῦς καὶ δειλῷ τινι ἐγγίγνεται, καταφρόνησις δὲ ὃς ἂν καὶ γνώμῃ πιστεύῃ τῶν ἐναντίων προέχειν.

οὐκ ἀπὸ τοῦ λέγειν κτλ. Cf. Prot. 342 E ff. The Spartans were men of deeds, not words.

φιλογυμναστής -- φιλόθηρος. as in Sparta: see Hermann-Thumser l.c. p. 182 notes 1, 2.

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