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[366a] from fruits of our wrongdoing.1 For if we are just, we shall, it is true, be unscathed by the gods, but we shall be putting away from us the profits of injustice; but if we are unjust, we shall win those profits, and, by the importunity of our prayers, when we transgress and sin, we shall persuade them and escape scot-free. Yes, it will be objected, but we shall be brought to judgement in the world below for our unjust deeds here, we or our children's children. 'Nay, my dear sir,' our calculating friend2 will say, 'here again the rites for the dead3 have much efficacy, and the absolving divinities,

1 Cf. Verres' distribution of his three years' spoliation of Sicily, Cicero In C. Verrem actio prima 14 (40), and Plato Laws 906 C-D, Lysias xxvii. 6.

2 His morality is the hedonistic calculus of the Protagoras or the commercial religion of “other-wordliness.”

3 For these τελεταί cf. 365 A.

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