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When a woman from Ionia showed vast pride in a bit of her own weaving, which was very valuable, a Spartan woman pointed to her four sons, who were most well-behaved, and said, ‘Such should be the employments of the good and honourable woman, and it is over these that she should be elated and boastful.’ 1

1 Cf. Severus in Stobaeus, Florilegium, v. 47, and the similar story of the Roman Cornelia, the mother of the Gracchi.

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