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[2] For it is not true, as some state, that because the Argives, after their great defeat, shaved their heads for sorrow, the Spartans, in contrary fashion, let their hair grow long in exultation over their victory;1 nor was it because the Bacchiadae,2 when they fled from Corinth to Lacedaemon, looked mean and unsightly from having shaved their heads, that the Spartans, on their part, became eager to wear their hair long; but this custom also goes back to Lycurgus. And he is reported to have said that a fine head of hair makes the handsome more comely to look upon, and the ugly more terrible.3

1 Hdt. 1.82

2 An oligarchical family, deposed from rule in Corinth by Cypselus, about 650 B.C. (Hdt. 5.92).

3 Cf. Plut. Lyc. 22.1.

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