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[697a]

Megillus
Just so.

Athenian
Well then, shall we not declare that the distribution of these things is the lawgiver's task?

Megillus
Certainly.

Athenian
Is it your wish that we should hand over the whole distribution to him, to deal with every case and all the details, while we—as legal enthusiasts ourselves also—confine ourselves to making a threefold division, and endeavor to distinguish what comes first in importance, and what second and third?1

Megillus
By all means.

Athenian
We declare, then, that a State which is to endure,

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    • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 1098b
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