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1 Apparently some form of orrery, devised to illustrate the motions of the heavenly bodies; cf. Cicero,De Rep. i. 14;De nat. deor. ii. 34.
2 For this phrase cf. Plat. Laws 886c. The explanation of “the Three” (principles) which follows is a piece of wanton mystification, of which it is impossible to suppose that Plato could ever have been guilty. For attempts to solve “the riddle” see Prefatory Note.