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|2.11: Aelian, Varied History 3.12
Aelian of Praeneste was a Stoic rhetorician active around 200CE. He authored miscellanies that preserve a variety of interesting anecdotes.
Handsome Lacedaemonians are neither effeminate nor arrogant toward lovers, since it is possible to learn from them something completely different than among other ripe adolescents. For they need lovers to "inspire"30 them -- this is the term among the Lacedaemonians, meaning "love." Spartan love knows nothing shameful: whether a young man should dare to suffer outrage or a lover to give it, it would benefit neither to dishonor Sparta by doing so. For they would either have to leave their fatherland or better yet life itself.