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the other is whether there is anything, if we consider either the principles upon which it is founded or the executive part of it, which prevents the form of government that they had proposed to follow from being observed; now it is allowed that in every well-regulated state the members of it should be free from servile labour; but in what manner this shall be effected is not so easy to determine; for the Penestse have very often attacked the Thessalians, and the Helots the Lacedaemonians, for they in a manner continually watch an opportunity for some misfortune befalling them.
Each one of us fought and acted for himself, and no one of us knew the extent of the calamity that was befalling us.
The latter, a series of related adventures befalling Odysseus as he tries to return home from battle, is characterized by exotic climes, fantastical creatures and plenty of action.