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banausic occupations

Very good, Critobulus; for to be sure, the so-called banausic occupations are scorned and, naturally enough, held in low regard in our states. For they spoil the bodies of the workmen and the foremen, forcing them to sit still and stay indoors, and in some cases to spend the whole day by the fire. As their bodies become womanish their souls lose strength too. Moreover, these so-called banausic occupations leave no spare time for attention to one's friend and city, so that those who follow them are reputed bad at dealing with friends and bad defenders of their country.

Socrates to Critobulus in Xenophon's Oeconomicus (3.15-4.3)