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Definition: Ancient and possibly legendary law-giver of Sparta. Among his reforms was the creation of a Senate, which would stabilize the government, making it difficult for a tyrant to take over. He also divided all the land in Sparta equally among the landowners. This created quite a stir among the men who had formerly owned a lot of land. Another law proclaimed that all meals had to be eaten together at public mess-halls. This meant that rich people couldn't eat rich food unless they paid enough to feed everyone else. Lycurgus's laws went a long way toward creating the kind of society that would be receptive to a military way of life.

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