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[673c] in putting this question; although it is a question, I understand it to be also (as I say) an answer—or rather, an actual injunction to give a full account of gymnastic.

You have grasped my meaning excellently: please do so.

Do it I must; and indeed it is no very hard task to speak of things well known to you both. For you are far better acquainted with this art than with the other.

That is about true.

The origin of the play1 we are speaking of

1 i.e. playful motion, or dancing, as contrasted with “music” (or “harmony”) which springs from the tendency to cry outc.

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