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[629a] but mildly interrogate them, since both we and your legislators are earnestly interested in these matters. Pray follow the argument closely. Let us take the opinion of Tyrtaeus (an Athenian by birth and afterwards a citizen of Lacedaemon), above all men, was keenly interested in our subject. This is what he says:1 “Though a man were the richest of men,
Tyrtaeus 12 Bergk

1 Tyrt. 12 (Bergk). Tyrtaeus wrote war-songs at Sparta about 880 B.C.

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