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[776c] for the language we use both contradicts and agrees with our practical experience of them.

What mean we by this? We are still in the dark, Stranger, as to what you refer to.

That is quite natural, Megillus. For probably the most vexed problem in all Hellas is the problem of the Helot-system of the Lacedaemonians, which some maintain to be good, others bad; a less violent dispute rages round the subjection of the Mariandyni1

1 These ancient inhabitants of N.E. Bithynia were conquered by the people of Heraclea Pontica and make tributary vassals.

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