Excerpt from Plutarch's Lives, Vol. 4 of 4: Translated From the Greek, With Notes and a Life of Plutarch
XIV. The Spartans at once despatched Agis at the head of an army, whose high spirits and devotion to his person filled him with delight. The men were nearly all young and ... poor; and as they were now relieved from the pressure of their debts, and expected that on their return the land would be distributed amongst them, they behaved with the most admirable discipline. They marched through Peloponnesus without doing the least damage, without offending any one, almost without noise; so that all the cities were astonished at the spectacle thus afi'orded them, and men began to wonder what a Lacedaemonian army must have been like when led by Agesilaus or Lysander the Great, or by the ancient hero Leonidas, if such awe and reverence was paid by the soldiers to one who was nearly the youngest of them all. Their youthful leader himself was worthy of admiration, andwas looked up to by the men because Of his simple hard-working habits, and the pride which he took in wearing the same dress and using the same arms as the common soldiers. The revolution which he had effected, however, was very dis tasteful to the rich, who feared lest it might be taken as an example by the people in other states and lead to further disturbances.
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