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[977b] For if one enters on the right theory about it, whether one be pleased to call it World-order or Olympus or Heaven—let one call it this or that, but follow where, in bespangling itself and turning the stars that it contains, it produces all their courses and the seasons and food for all. And thence, accordingly, we have understanding in general, we may say, and therewith all number, and all other good things: but the greatest of these is when, after receiving its gift of numbers, one has covered the whole circuit.1

Moreover, let us turn back some little way in our discussion

1 Apparently a metaphor from astronomy, meaning“the prescribed or proper course of study”; cf. Plato, Rep.407 E.

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