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[48] For in the first place I am informed that in those days the Lacedaemonians, like everyone else, would spend the four or five months of the summer “season” in invading and laying waste the enemy's territory with heavy infantry and levies of citizens, and would then retire home again; and they were so old-fashioned, or rather such good citizens,1 that they never used money to buy an advantage from anyone, but their fighting was of the fair and open kind.

1 The Greek means true to the spirit of a free, constitutional state. Aristotle describes theπολιτικὸν πλῆθοςas one which is “naturally warlike and qualified to rule or be ruled according to laws which distribute offices by merit” (Aristot. Pol. 3.17.4).

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