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[18] We are told that the Spartans even regarded a certain form of dance as a useful element in military training. Nor again did the ancient Romans consider such a practice as disgraceful: this is clear from the fact that priestly and ritual dances have survived to the present day, while Cicero in the third book of his de Oratore1 quotes the words of Crassus, in which he lays down the principle that the orator “should learn to move his body in a bold and manly fashion derived not from actors or the stage, but from martial and even from gymnastic exercises.” And such a method of training has persisted uncensured to our own time.

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