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[4] But luxury, thus gradually deprived of that which stimulated and supported it, died away of itself, and men of large possessions had no advantage over the poor, because their wealth found no public outlet, but had to be stored up at home in idleness. In this way it came about that such common and necessary utensils as bedsteads, chairs, and tables were most excellently made among them, and the Laconian ‘kothon,’ or drinking-cup, was in very high repute for usefulness among soldiers in active service, as Critias tells us.

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