She seem’d a virgin of the Spartan blood: With such array Harpalyce bestrode Her Thracian courser and outstripp’d the rapid flood.
A guest like him, a Trojan guest before, In shew of friendship sought the Spartan shore, And ravish’d Helen from her husband bore.
The rosy morn was risen from the main, And horns and hounds awake the princely train: They issue early thro’ the city gate, Where the more wakeful huntsmen ready wait, With nets, and toils, and darts, beside the force Of Spartan dogs, and swift Massylian horse.
Think on whose faith th’ adult’rous youth relied; Who promis’d, who procur’d, the Spartan bride?
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It’s a spartan building with a corrugated steel roof that shakes so badly when a plane passes overhead, she half expects it to collapse.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
It is an unnerving thing, but when I was underneath the water, gliding in that black chill, my mind’s eye suddenly seemed to carry to a perspective high above, from where I could see the exacting, telling shapes of all: the spartan surfaces of the pool deck, the tight-clipped manicures of the garden, the venerable house and trees, the fetching, narrow street.