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[853d] and attain to such hardness of temper as to be beyond melting; and just as those “horn-struck”1 beans cannot be softened by boiling on the fire, so these men should be uninfluenced by laws, however powerful. So, for the sake of these gentlemen, no very gentle law shall be stated first concerning temple-robbery, in case anyone dares to commit this crime. That a rightly nurtured citizen should be infected with this disease is a thing that we should neither desire nor expect; but such attempts might often be made by their servants, and by foreigners or foreigners' slaves. Chiefly, then, on their account, and also as a precaution against

1 i.e. “hard-shelled”; seeds struck by a beast's horn were vulgarly supposed to become “horny” and unfit for cooking.

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