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[676c] And have they not in each case exhibited all kinds of constitutions over and over again? And have they not changed at one time from small to great, at another from great to small, and changed also from good to bad and from bad to good?

Clinias
Necessarily.

Athenian
Of this process of change let us discover, if we can, the cause; for this, perhaps, would show us what is the primary origin of constitutions, as well as their transformation.

Clinias
You are right; and we must all exert ourselves,—you to expound your view about them, and we to keep pace with you.

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