The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Cavalry General by Xenophon:|
themselves at the head of the marksmen of several tribes, and to ride
out to the butts for practice. In this way a spirit of emulation will
be roused--the several officers will, no doubt, be eager to turn out
as many marksmen as they can to aid the state.
 On competition cf. "Cyrop." II. i. 22, and our author passim.
And so too, to ensure that splendour of accoutrement which the force
requires, the greatest help may once again be looked for from the
phylarchs; let these officers but be persuaded that from the public
point of view the splendid appearance of their squadrons will
confer a title to distinction far higher than that of any personal
equipment. Nor is it reasonable to suppose that they will be deaf to