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OTHER SPARTAN WOMEN TO FAME UNKNOWN
Another was burying her son, when a commonplace old woman came up to her and said, ‘Ah the bad luck of it, you puir woman.’ ‘No, by Heaven,’ said she, ‘but good luck; for I bore him that he might die for Sparta, and this is the very thing that has come to pass for me.’ 1
1 The story is told also by Teles in Stobaeus, Florilegium, cviii. 83; cf. also Cicero, Tusculan Disputations, i. 42 (102).