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[599a] they cannot perceive that these are three removes from reality, and easy to produce without knowledge of the truth. For it is phantoms,1 not realities, that they produce. Or is there something in their claim, and do good poets really know the things about which the multitude fancy they speak well?” “We certainly must examine the matter,” he said. “Do you suppose, then, that if a man were able to produce both the exemplar and the semblance, he would be eager to abandon himself to the fashioning of phantoms2 and set this in the forefront

1 Cf. on 598 B.

2 Cf. 598 B.

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