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[547b] “Well, then,” said he, “what do the Muses say next?” “When strife arose,” said I, “the two groups were pulling against each other, the iron and bronze towards money-making and the acquisition of land and houses and gold and silver, and the other two, the golden and silvern, not being poor, but by nature rich in their souls,1 were trying to draw them back to virtue and their original constitution, and thus, striving and contending against one another, they compromised2 on the plan of distributing and taking for themselves the land and the houses,

1 Cf. 416 E-417 A, 521 A, Phaedrus 279 B-C.

2 For εἰς μέσον Cf. Protag. 338 A; 572 D, 558 B.

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