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1789 Excerpt: ... was born lame, appeared, on his coming into tl-
world, so very weak and tender, that it was thought impossible to
rear him. Notwithstanding this, Agesilaus lived to the age of
fourscore and four; and what service did he not render his country,
iu the course of'that career? The austerity, not to fay, th-
pedantry of thole laws of Lycurgus, might perhaps induce us to
believe, that chastity was one of the principal virtues, with which
ha endeavoured to inspire his people. But this would be a great
mistake. How surprized must we be to see, that this famous
legislator had not the least thoughts of securing any respect for
public decorum and good manners. To what a degree, in fact, must
not modesty, bastifulness, and decency have been offended by the
use of public baths, common to men and women? By those games, in
which the young people of both sexes'fought and da need with each
ot her quite naked? What a pernicious influence has not this
practice had ou the morals of the women of Sparta? They were so
dissolute and abandoned, that theancientsreproached the Spartans
with it, as an excess, which distinguished them, to their illume.
from all the other inhabitants of Greece; besides, this excels was
authorized by the laws of Lycurgus, This legislator seems to have
racked his brains to sind out the. best methods of abolishing all
the idi-as we ought to entertain of conjugal felicity. An old man,
for example, who had a young and handsome wife, might, without
(hocking cither law or decency, make an offer of her to a vigorous
and handsome young man; and it was lawful for this old man to
consider and bring up, as h.is'own, the fruits of this adultery.
"What, is more, a man of good family, aud an advantageous stature,
who happened to fix his eyes on the be...
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