I do not regard as a good law the one Cyrus made to keep the Lydians from exer­ci­sing any but base or dis­re­pu­ta­ble pro­fes­sions. One attends to what is most imme­diate ; one anti­ci­pa­tes rebel­lions, and not inva­sions. But the inva­sions will soon come ; the two peo­ples unite, and cor­rupt each other. I would rather main­tain by the laws the rough­ness of the conque­ring peo­ple than sus­tain by the same means the lethargy of the peo­ple van­qui­shed.

Aristodemus, the tyrant of Cumæ1 tried to under­mine the cou­rage of the youth. He wan­ted the boys to let their hair grow like girls, to deco­rate it with flo­wers, and wear robes of dif­fe­rent colors down to the heels ; he wan­ted women, when they went to their dance and music mas­ters, to take para­sols, per­fu­mes and fans for them, and in the bath give them combs and mir­rors. This edu­ca­tion las­ted until age twenty. That can be fit­ting for none but a petty tyrant, who risks his sove­rei­gnty to defend his life.

Dionysius of Helicarnassus, book VII.