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[501c] until in the measure of the possible1 they had made the characters of men pleasing and dear to God as may be.” “That at any rate2 would be the fairest painting.” “Are we then making any impression on those who you said3 were advancing to attack us with might and main? Can we convince them that such a political artist of character and such a painter exists as the one we then were praising when our proposal to entrust the state to him angered them, and are they now in a gentler mood when they hear what we are now saying?” “Much gentler,”

1 Cf. 500 D and on 493 D.

2 For γοῦν cf. supra, vol. I. on 334 A.

3 Cf. 474 A.

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