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1822. Excerpt: ... Q. Did he compel those who had money to give it
A. No; he did not, indeed, strip those who possessed gold and
silver of their riches; but he did that which had the same effect:
for he substituted iron money for it; and this he made so heavy,
and fixed at so low a rate, that a cart and two oxen were necessary
to carry as much as would amount to twenty pounds sterling. Q. What
was the consequence? A. Money was become of so lktte value, that
nobody cared for more than was sufficient to supply their actual
wants. Thus riches, and their attendants, avarice fraud', luxury,
and rapine, soon disappeared in Sparta. What other regulation did
Lycurgus make? A. He ordained that all the citizens should eat
their meals together in public, and that the meals should be as
eoarse and frugal as possible. Q. Did the rich quietly submit to
these regulations? A. No; frequent tumults were caused by them;
and, on one occasion, a young man, whose name was Alexander, struck
out one of Lycurgtw's eyes; but the people took the part of their
lawgiver, and-delivered the youth up to him, that he might be
severely punished. Q. What was the conduct # Lyeurgas itt thaf
instance? A. He treated the young man with the greatest affability
and kindness, and so won him over, that, from being one of the
proudest and most turbulent men in Sparta, he became an example of
wisdom and moderation, and assisted Lycurgus in his plans of
reform. Q. What was die chief end of the institutions of Lycurgus?
A. Their chief design was to teach obedience to the laws, respect
for parents, reverence for old age, honour, courage, contempt of
death, and, above all, the love of glory and of their country. Q.
Were there not some striking defects in his institutions? A. There
certainly were: for instance, the ...
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