lycurgus who gave them the laws that they obey, and to which they owe their prosperity, i do regard with wonder; and i think that he reached the utmost limit of wisdom. for it was not by imitating other states, but by devising a system utterly different from that of most others that he made sparta pre-eminently prosperous.

first, to begin at the beginning, i will take the begetting of children. in other states the girls who are destined to become mothers and are brought up in the approved fashion, live on the very plainest fare, with a most meagre allowance of delicacies. wine is either withheld altogether, or, if allowed them, is diluted with water. the rest of the greeks expect their girls to imitate the sedentary life that is typical of handicraftsmen, to keep quiet and do wool work. how, then, is it to be expected that women raised in this manner will bear fine children?

but lycurgus thought the labour of slave women sufficient to supply clothing. he believed motherhood to be the most important role of freeborn women. therefore, in the first place, he insisted on physical training for the female no less than the male sex: moreover, he instituted races of trial and strength for women competitors as for men, believing that if both parents are strong they produce more vigorous offspring. it takes a great mind to visualize greatness. yes things will take time to manifest but history will justify the deeds of the wise. never let fools disrupt your mind return to your steady state