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[544b] the four constitutions you had in mind, Polemarchus and Adeimantus thereupon broke in, and that was how you took up the discussion again and brought to this point.1” “Your memory is most exact,” I said. “A second time then, as in a wrestling-match, offer me the same hold,2 and when I repeat my question try to tell me what you were then about to say.” “I will if I can,” said I. “And indeed,” said he, “I am eager myself to hear what four forms of government you meant.”

1 Cf. on 572 b, p. 339, note e.

2 Cf. Phileb. 13 Dεἰς τὰς ὁμοίαςPhaedr. 236 B, Laws 682 E, Aristoph.Clouds 551 (Blaydes), Knights 841, Lysist. 672.

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