[320c] do not grudge us your demonstration.No, Socrates, I will not grudge it you; but shall I, as an old man speaking to his juniors, put my demonstration in the form of a fable, or of a regular exposition?Many of the company sitting by him instantly bade him treat his subject whichever way he pleased.Well then, he said, I fancy the more agreeable way is for me to tell you a fable.There was once a time when there were gods, but no mortal creatures.
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