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[602d] obviously every confusion of this sort in our souls. And so scene-painting in its exploitation1 of this weakness of our nature falls nothing short of witchcraft,2 and so do jugglery and many other such contrivances.” “True.” “And have not measuring and numbering and weighing3 proved to be most gracious aids to prevent the domination in our soul of the apparently4 greater or less or more or heavier, and to give the control to that which has reckoned5 and numbered or even weighed?”

1 ἐπιθεμένη helps to personify σκιαγραφία. Cf. Gorg. 464 C.

2 Adam's “leaves no magic art untried” is misleading. ἀπολείπειν is here used as in 504 C. For the idiomatic οὐδὲν ἀπολείπει see p. 200, note b, on 533 A.

3 Cf. Xen.Mem. i. 1. 9.

4 Cf. Protag. 356 D τοῦ φαινομένου δύναμις

5 λογισάμενον: Cf. Laws 644 D, Crito 46 B.

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