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[5] It is therefore my opinion that the philosopers1 give an excellent definition of love when they call it ‘a ministration of the gods for the care and preservation of the young.’ For Ariadne's love seems to have been, more than anything else, a god's work, and a device whereby Theseus should be saved. And we should not blame her for loving him, but rather wonder that all men and women were not thus affected towards him; and if she alone felt this passion, I should say, for my part, that she was properly worthy of a god's love, since she was fond of virtue, fond of goodness, and a lover of the highest qualities in man.

1 Polemon, as cited in Morals, p. 780 d.

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