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[813d] to make no blunder in these matters, recognizing the greatness of his office and wisely holding it in high respect, and holding also the rational conviction that, when the young have been, and are being, well brought up, all goes “swimmingly,” but otherwise—the consequences are such as it is wrong to speak of, nor will we mention them, in dealing with a new State, out of consideration for the over-superstitious.1 Concerning these matters also, which relate to dancing and gymnastic movements, we have already spoken at length.2 We are establishing gymnasia and all physical exercises connected with military training,—the use of the bow and all kinds of missiles, light skirmishing and heavy-armed fighting of every description,

1 i.e. they would regard the mere mention of possible evil (esp. in connection with anything new-born) as of ill-omen.

2 Plat. Laws 795d.

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