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[3] Still further, Numa's watchful care of young maidens was more conducive to feminine decorum; but the treatment of them by Lycurgus, being entirely unconfined and unfeminine, has given occasion to the poets. They call them ‘phainomerides,’ bare-thighed (so Ibycus), and revile them as mad after men. Thus Euripides says1:—
They leave their homes to mingle with the youths;
Their thighs are naked, flying free their robes.

1 Andromache, 587f. (Kirchhoff), slightly adapted.

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