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[5] And therefore in later times, they say, when the Thebans made their expedition into Laconia,1 they ordered the Helots whom they captured to sing the songs of Terpander, Alcman, and Spendon the Spartan; but they declined to do so, on the plea that their masters did not allow it, thus proving the correctness of the saying: ‘In Sparta the freeman is more a freeman than anywhere else in the world, and the slave more a slave.’

1 Under Epaminondas, 369 B.C.

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