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[3] For Leonidas of old, as we are told, when asked what manner of poet he thought Tyrtaeus to be, replied; ‘A good one to inflame the souls of young men.’ And indeed they were filled with divine inspiration by his poems, and in battle were prodigal of their lives. However, for great and impetuous natures the Stoic doctrines are somewhat misleading and dangerous, although when they permeate a deep and gentle character, they redound most to its proper good.

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