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[5] Then, while they were thus suspended, the grooms would stand at their sides and stir them up with shouts and strokes of the goad; and the horses, full of rage and fury, would dance and leap about on their hind legs, while with their swinging fore feet they would strike the ground and try to get a footing there, thus exerting their whole bodies and covering themselves with sweat and foam,—no bad exercise either for speed or strength.1 Then their barley would be thrown to them boiled, that they might the sooner dispatch and the better digest it.

1 This device of Eumenes is described also in Diodorus, xviii. 42, 3 f., and in Nepos, Eumenes, v. 4 f.

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