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Who are the ‘good’ among the Arcadians and the Spartans?

When the Spartans had come to terms with the Tegeans, they made a treaty and set up in common a pillar by the Alpheius. On this, among other matters, was inscribed : ‘The Messenians must be expelled from the country ; it shall not be lawful to make men good.’ 1 Aristotle,2 then, in explaining this, states that it means that no one shall be put [p. 181] to death because of assistance given to the Spartan party in Tegea.

1 Cf. χρηοτὲ χαῖρε on Greek tombstones.

2 Frag. 592 (V. Rose); cf. 277 b-c, supra.

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