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[425c] the quality of what follows. Does not like ever summon like?” “Surely.” “And the final1 outcome, I presume, we would say is one complete and vigorous product of good or the reverse.” “Of course,” said he. “For my part, then,” I said, “for these reasons I would not go on to try to legislate on such matters.2” “With good reason,” said he. “But what, in heaven's name,” said I, “about business matters, the deals3 that men make with one another in the agora—

1 Cf. 401 C, Demosthenes Olynth. iii. 33τέλειόν τι καὶ μέγα.

2 τὰ τοιαῦτα is slightly contemptuous. Specific commercial, industrial and criminal legislation was not compatible with the plan of the Republic, and so Plato omits it here. Much of it is given in the Laws, but even there details are left to the citizens and their rulers. Cf. on 412 B.

3 Cf. Laws 922 A, Aristotle Politics 1263 b 21. All legal relations of contract, impied contract and tort.

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