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Unformatted text preview: Lycurgus admired the way the Egyptians separated all the classes (military from the employed in low and mechanical occupations giving high refinement and beauty to the state He divided up the lands because they were very unequal. The state was filled with a multitude of indigent and necessitous persons and only a few people controlled most of the wealth. He forced people to give up their properties and consent to the lands new division so they could all live together equally. Divided the country of Laconia into thirty thousand shares and the part attached to the city of Sparta into 9 thousand and distributed these among the Spartans. He provided about seventy bushes of grain for the head of the family, twelve for the wife, along with oil and wine. After he divided up the lands he said Methinks all Caconia looks like one family estate just divided among a number of brothers He commanded that all gold and silver coin should be called in, and that only a sort of money made of iron should be current, a great weight and quantity of which was but very...
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- Spring '08