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[391e] For, as we were saying, such utterances are both impious and false. For we proved, I take it, that for evil to arise from gods is an impossibility.” “Certainly.” “And they are furthermore harmful to those that hear them. For every man will be very lenient with his own misdeeds if he is convinced that such are and were the actions of“ The near-sown seed of gods,
Close kin to Zeus, for whom on Ida's top
Ancestral altars flame to highest heaven,
Nor in their life-blood fails1 the fire divine.
Aesch. Niobe Fr.For which cause we must put down such fables, lest they breed

1 Plato was probably thinking of this passage when he wrote the last paragraph of the Critias.

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