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ξυσσίτια. A Spartan feature: see Gilbert Gk. Const. Ant. E. T. p. 65. Cf. Laws 762 B ff. χρυσίον κτλ. So also in Sparta, according to Xen. Rep. Lac. 7. 6; with which cf. Plut. Lys. 19. 6, where the ephors are said to have put to death a friend of Lysander λαβόντες ἀργύριον ἰδίᾳ κεκτημένον. Plato is keenly conscious of the corrupting influence of wealth: see Gorg. 525 D ff., and cf. II 373 E, IV 421 D notes His guardians are φύσει πλουσίω τὰς ψυχάς (VIII 547 B) and need no other riches.
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