together with the men, not only
the young, but even the older, like old men in gymnasiums,1 when, though wrinkled and
unpleasant to look at, they still persist in exercising?”
“Yes, on my word,” he replied, “it would seem
ridiculous under present conditions.” “Then,”
said I, “since we have set out to speak our minds, we must not
fear all the jibes2 with which the wits would greet so great a revolution,
and the sort of things they would say about gymnastics
1 Cf. Theaetetus 162 B, and the
ὀψιμαθής or late learner in
Theophrastus'Characters xxvii. 14 Loeb. Euripides
Andromache 596 ff. denounces the light attire of
Spartan women when exercising.
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