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[886b] that their souls are impelled to that impious life of theirs.

What other cause can there be, Stranger, besides this?

One which you, who live elsewhere, could hardly have any knowledge of or notice at all.

What is this cause you are now speaking of?

A very grievous unwisdom which is reputed to be the height of wisdom.

What do you mean?

We at Athens have accounts1 preserved in writing (though, I am told, such do not exist in your country, owing to the excellence of your polity),

1 By Hesiod, Pherecydes, etc.

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