For many large, for twice as many more than large,1 and because, above all, that country was flooded with a multitude of Helots, whom it was better not to leave in idleness, but to keep down by continual hardships and toil,—it was well enough for him to set his citizens free from laborious and mechanical occupations and confine their thoughts to arms, giving them this one trade to learn and practice.
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1 Euripides, unknown; Nauck, Trag. Graec. Frag. (2), p. 680
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