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[590e] “And it is plain,” I said, “that this is the purpose of the law, which is the ally of all classes in the state, and this is the aim of our control of children,1 our not leaving them free before we have established, so to speak, a constitutional government within them2 and, by fostering the best element in them

1 Cf. Lysis 207 E f., Laws 808 D, Isoc.xv. 290, Antiphon, fr. 61 (Diels ii.3 p. 303).

2 Cf. on 591 E, p. 412, note d.

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