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[919e] and those of a still earlier generation, and all that are elder than himself, they being gentlemen1 and his a gentleman's service. What is becoming, what unbecoming a gentleman it is not easy to fix by law; it shall, however, be decided by those persons who have achieved public distinction2 for their aversion to the one and their devotion to the other. If any citizen in any craft engages in ungentlemanly peddling, whoso will shall indict him for shaming his family before a bench of those adjudged to be the first in virtue, and if it be held that he is sullying his paternal hearth by an unworthy calling, he shall be imprisoned for a year and so restrained therefrom;

1 Literally “free men,”—the Greek word connoting generosity, culture and dignity, like our “gentle.”

2 Cp. Plat. Laws 914a, Plat. Laws 922a ff.

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