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[547a] Hesiod's and our races of gold, silver, bronze and iron.1 And this intermixture of the iron with the silver and the bronze with the gold will engender unlikeness2 and an unharmonious unevenness, things that always beget war and enmity wherever they arise. “‘Of this lineage, look you,’”Hom. Il. 6.211 we must aver the dissension to be, wherever it occurs and always.” “‘And rightly too,’” he said, “we shall affirm that the Muses answer.” “They must needs,” I said, “since they are3 Muses.”

1 Cf. 415 A-B.

2 Cf. Theaet. 159 A.

3 γεvi terminiCf. 379 A-B.

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