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Does Calmness, in the Face of a Difficult Battle, Unnerve Opponents?

 

How does calmness, in the face of a battle, tend to unnerve the other side? Were the Spartans putting on a show for the Persians, as they exercised and combed their hair, or were they following their own general customs of fearlessness in the face of a fight?

Why would the Spartans, who were “about to hazard their lives,” think it was important “to adorn their heads with care?”


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