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[656d]

Athenian
But at present this licence is allowed in practically every State, with the exception of Egypt.

Clinias
How, then, does the law stand in Egypt?

Athenian
It is marvellous, even in the telling. It appears that long ago they determined on the rule of which we are now speaking, that the youth of a State should practise in their rehearsals postures and tunes that are good: these they prescribed in detail and posted up in the temples,

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