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[701d] in its mouth, and so “get a toss off the donkey”1 (as the saying goes): consequently, I must once more repeat my question, and ask—“With what object has all this been said?”

Very good.

What has now been said bears on the objects previously stated.

What were they?

We said2 that the lawgiver must aim, in his legislation, at three objectives—to make the State he is legislating for free, and at unity with itself, and possessed of sense. That was so, was it not?


1 A play on ἀπ᾽ ὄνου=ἀπὸ νοῦ: “to show oneself a fool”: cr. Artist. Nubes 1274: τί δῆτα ληρεῖς, ὥσπερ ἀπ᾽ ὄνου καταπεσών.

2 Cp. Plat. Laws 693b.

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