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And it is the cooks, they say, who know?

Yes, it is they who know.

Very well; and now, whose are the treatises and accepted rules about the government of a state? Of the people who know how to control states, are they not?

I agree.

And is it anyone else than statesmen and royal persons1 who know?

It is they, to be sure.

Then what people call “laws” are treatises of state,—

1 Cf. Euthyd. 291 C, Politicus 266-7, where Plato identifies the statesman's and the king's art.

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