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[966d] consists in refusing ever to choose as a Law-warden, or to number among those approved for excellence, a man who is not divine himself, nor has spent any labor over things divine.

It is certainly just, as you say, that the man who is idle or incapable in respect of this subject should be strictly debarred from the ranks of the noble.

Are we assured, then, that there are two causes, amongst those we previously discussed,1 which lead to faith in the gods?

What two?

One is our dogma about the soul,—that it is the most ancient

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