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[603b] that is remote from intelligence, and is its companion and friend1 for no sound and true purpose.2” “By all means,” said he. “Mimetic art, then, is an inferior thing cohabiting with an inferior and engendering inferior offspring.3” “It seems so.” “Does that,” said I, “hold only for vision or does it apply also to hearing and to what we call poetry?” “Presumably,” he said, “to that also.” “Let us not, then, trust solely to the plausible analogy4 from painting, but let us approach in turn

1 Cf. 604 D, Phaedr. 253 D and E.

2 Cf. Lysias ix. 4ἐπὶ μηδενὶ ὑγιεῖ and for the idiom οὐδὲν ὑγιές on 523 B, p. 153, note f.

3 Cf. 496 A, and on 489 D, p. 26, note b.

4 Cf. Phaedo 92 Dδιὰ τῶν εἰκότων.

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