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[2] But when he got ready for war, his spear was not tipped with ivy, nor did his helmet smell of myrrh, nor did he go forth to his battles from the women's chamber, sleek and blooming, but quieting down and stopping the revels and orgies of Bacchus, he became, in the words of Euripides,1 a ‘minister of unhallowed Ares,’ and got not a single slip or fall because of his indolence or pleasures.

1 Nauck, Trag. Graec. Frag.2 p. 679.

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