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ὅτι νὴ Δία κτλ.: Hugo Grotius, the famous writer on international law, in his treatise De jure belli ac pacis expresses surprise at Socrates for condemning incestuous marriages on the ground only of disparity of age. But it has been well observed (by Winans) that Socrates is only attempting to set forth the physiological reason for the fact mentioned in 22.

δῆλον ὅτι, ἔφη: as in iii. 7. 1.

σπουδαῖα: vigorous.

οὕτω: i.e. by such intermarriages.

γὰρ οὖν: see on iii.3.2.

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