LYCURGUS. Lycurgus the Lacedaemonian brought long
hair into fashion among his countrymen, saying that it
rendered those that were handsome more beautiful, and
those that were deformed more terrible. To one that advised him to set up a democracy in Sparta, Pray, said he,
do you first set up a democracy in your own house. He
ordained that houses should be built with saws and axes
only, thinking they would be ashamed to bring plate,
tapestry, and costly tables into such pitiful houses. He
forbade them to contend at boxing or in the double contest
of boxing and wrestling, that they might not accustom
themselves to be conquered, no, not so much as in jest.
He forbade them also to war often against the same
people, lest they should make them the more warlike.
Accordingly, many years after, when Agesilaus was wounded, Antalcidas told him the Thebans had rewarded him
worthily for teaching and accustoming them to war, whether
they would or no.