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[535b] we must now require that they not only be virile and vigorous1 in temper, but that they possess also the gifts of nature suitable to this type of education.” “What qualities are you distinguishing?” “They must have, my friend, to begin with, a certain keenness for study, and must not learn with difficulty. For souls are much more likely to flinch and faint2 in severe studies than in gymnastics, because the toil touches them more nearly, being peculiar to them and not shared with the body.” “True,” he said. “And

1 For βλοσυρούς Cf. Theaet. 149 A.

2 Cf. 504 A, 364 E, Gorg. 480 C, Protag. 326 C, Euthyphro 15 C.

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