The Spartans, the bravest of all the tribes that peopled ancient Greece, were
renowned among the nations of antiquity for their reverence for old age. No
young Spartan would keep his seat if an old man was standing near. It happened
once at the Olympian games, in which all Greece took part, that an elderly
gentleman could not find a place to sit. He wandered about the amphitheater, but
no one would give up his seat to him. But when he came to where the Spartans
were seated, all the young men stood up and respectfully made room for him.
Thereupon the old man said: “All Greeks know what virtue is; the Spartans alone