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[48] Therefore the young men did not waste their time in the gambling-dens or with the flute-girls or in the kind of company in which they now spend their days,1 but remained steadfastly in the pursuits to which they had been assigned, admiring and emulating those who excelled in these. And so strictly did they avoid the market-place that even when they were at times compelled to pass through it, they were seen to do this with great modesty and sobriety of manner.2

1 The same picture of degeneracy is found in Isoc. 15.287. Cf. Theopompus in Athen. 532d.

2 Cf. Aristoph. Cl. 991; Plat. Theaet. 173c-d.

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