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[654a] and lead our choirs, linking us one with another by means of songs and dances; and to the choir they have given its name from the “cheer” implanted therein.1 Shall we accept this account to begin with, and postulate that education owes its origin to Apollo and the Muses?


Shall we assume that the uneducated man is without choir-training,

1 Here χορός is fancifully derived from χαπά, “joy.” For similar etymologies, see the Cratylus, passim.

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