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ποιοῦντος = ‘producing’ gives a satisfactory sense. Wealth and Poverty are not to be allowed παραδῦναι εἰς τὴν πόλιν, because—we have here the statement of a general law—they are the authors of luxury etc. ἐμποιοῦντος (in Ξ and other MSS) is an obvious ‘emendation,’ though adopted by Stallbaum and others: cf. 444 D. κακοεργίαν. If the form is right, Plato must intend to draw attention to the etymology of the word. κακουργίαν appears in two or three inferior MSS, and (as ε seems to be written over an erasure) was perhaps the original reading in Paris A.
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