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[980d] in speaking against the impious,1 declaring that there are gods who have a care for all things, small and greater, and who are well-nigh inexorable in what relates to the justice of things: that is, if you remember, Cleinias; for you did take memoranda2 besides, and indeed what then was spoken was very true. And the most important part of it was that every soul was senior to each body3: do you remember? Or in any case, surely, this must be so? For that which is better and more ancient and more godlike is credibly so

1 i.e. the statement made in Laws x., on the existence of the gods, and the reverence due to them.

2 There is no hint of this in the Laws.

3 Cf.Laws x. 893-6.

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