Day 80: March 21 – Men, Not Walls Make A City Safe

~ The River Eurotas outside Ancient Sparta



As far as this can reach.

~ Agesilaus, King of Sparta, brandishing a spear when asked how far Sparta’s boundaries stretched

These are Spartans’ walls.

~ Agesilaus, King of Sparta, pointing at his citizens under arms when someone asked why Sparta lacked fortifications

By Zeus, favorable but for women to live inside, not men.

~ Agesilaus, King of Sparta, when someone drew his attention to the solid city-wall with its exceptionally strong construction and inquired if it made a favorable impression on him



Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at them.

John Fowles, The Magus, 1965


What Happened

1685: German composer Johann Sebastian Bach is born.

1804: The Napoleonic Code of laws is enacted in France.

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