The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Polity of Athenians and Lacedaemonians by Xenophon:|
honours of the state," he caused, not only the public authorities, but
those personally interested in the several companies of youths to
take serious pains so that no single individual of them should by an
act of craven cowardice find himself utterly rejected and reprobate
within the body politic.
 Lit. "range themselves." For the idea, see "Mem."I. ii. 23;
Swinburne, "Songs before Sunrise": Prelude, "Past youth where
shoreward shallows are."
 Or, "the friends and connections."
Furthermore, in his desire to implant in their youthful souls a root
of modesty he imposed upon these bigger boys a special rule. In the