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[700a]

Megillus
Well said! Try, however, to make your meaning still more clear to us.

Athenian
I will. Under the old laws, my friends, our commons had no control over anything, but were, so to say, voluntary slaves to the laws.

Megillus
What laws do you mean?

Athenian
Those dealing with the music of that age, in the first place,—to describe from its commencement how the life of excessive liberty grew up. Among us, at that time, music was divided into various classes and styles:

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