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

~ The River Eurotas outside Ancient Sparta

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Wisdom

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

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Wit

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

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What Happened

1685: German composer Johann Sebastian Bach is born.

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

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