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[466d] and have all things in every way, so far as possible, in common, and that so doing they will do what is for the best and nothing that is contrary to female human nature1 in comparison with male or to their natural fellowship with one another.” “I do admit it,” he said.

“Then,” I said, “is not the thing that it remains to determine this, whether, namely, it is possible for such a community to be brought about among men as it is in the other animals,2 and in what way it is possible?” “You have anticipated,” he said, “the point I was about to raise.” “For3 as for their wars,” I said,

1 τήν: this order is frequent and sometimes significant in the Laws. Cf. 690 C, 720 E, 814 E, 853 A, 857 D, 923 B.

2 Cf. on 451 D. The community in this case, of course, refers only to occupations.

3 μὲν γάρ: forced transition to a delaying digression.

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