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CONTINUATION AND CONCLUSION OF MR. CAMPBELL'S SEVENTH
The Subject-A Sketch of Athens.
THE most savage nations, and even brutes, have been known to keep their young from mutual hostility; but the Spartans fomented quarrels amongst their urchins, and had stated days for their kicking and cuffing each other into the Eurotas. Until this, and such like evidence of Spartan ferocity, can be denied, it will be needless for those, who have a hankering prejudice in favour of the memory of that people, to demand, why some ancients have praised them? It lies with the admirers of Sparta, to reconcile her infanticides, and slave murders, and pavements streaming with the blood of children, with the laudatory passages of wise antiquity. There are no human opinions to be weighed against facts; and there are no facts, on record, to redeem from our detestation, a people who had scarcely any thing more to do in the way of monstrosity, than to have eaten their own little ones. Admitting, as we are told, that they respected old age-what should we say of a nation famous for two things: viz. the fondness of parents for their children; and the custom among those children of whipping their old people to death? We should certainly say, that parental affection was there misplaced and, on the same principle, we may fairly grudge the virtue of filial piety being directed, in Sparta, towards greybeards, who could bear to see their children expiring in torments, or carried home to die of inflamed wounds. Nature, they say, will return, though you expel her with a fork. It is clear that the Lycurgan institutions, stoutly as they warred against human improvement, could not entirely shut it out; though time, in many instances, rather changed than effaced the vices of Sparta. No institutions can eradicate all individual goodness from the human heart; and we certainly hear of some respectable Spartans.
The Lacedæmonians had some trade, and several manufactures. Their weapons were famous for temper, and had the preference at all the fairs of the Peloponnesus. Their joinery was also in repute; and the Laconic beds, filled with down from the swans of the Eurotas, were a considerable article of exportation. They were also expert bankers. They had national songs and music, probably of popular influence, though they were regulated by the police. They studied a pithy and compressed style of eloquence; and, as their dialect was the harshest in all Greece, they were wise not to surfeit their hearers with it. They betook themselves to luxury; but never acquired either taste or celebrity in the fine arts. It is in vain that a writer, in the Memoirs of the French Academy of Inscriptions, would persuade us that they had a real literary spirit and character, with this notorious fact staring him, unanswered, in the face, that we scarcely hear of a Lacedæmonian poet, historian, or orator. The reason is plain. Their institutions were illiberal and inhospitable; and we have the direct testimony of Plato, that they were, in general, very ignorant. Athens threw open her gates to foreign genius. Sparta was jealous and severe to strangers, and even circumscribed the travels of her own youth. It would be wasting words to prove, that Sparta might as well have never existed, for any good that she did, either to her cotemporaries or posterity. But if the VOL. IX. No. 51.-1825.