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[987d] when someone expresses it; but it is through learning, as we declare, that one must believe it.

But there is one point which every Greek should bear in mind—that of all Greeks we have a situation which is about the most favorable to human excellence.1 The praiseworthy thing in it that we have to mention is that it may be taken as midway between a wintry and a summery climate; and our climate, being inferior in its summer to that in the region over there,2 as we said, has been so much later in imparting the cognizance of these cosmic deities. And let us note that

1 Cf. Plato, Tim. 24 C.

2 Syria and Egypt; cf. 987 A.

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