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Doubtless some of you are astonished that I, who heretofore have observed the customs1 of the state more faithfully, I dare say, than any other of my generation, have now so completely changed that I have come forward, in spite of my youth, to offer counsel regarding a subject which even our elders hesitate to discuss.
1 In Sparta the young were not supposed to appear in public places. Plutarch states （Plut. Lyc. 25） that men were not allowed even in the market-place until after they were thirty years old.