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[373d] shall we not?” “Yes.” “Doctors, too, are something whose services1 we shall be much more likely to require if we live thus than as before?” “Much.”

“And the territory, I presume, that was then sufficient to feed the then population, from being adequate will become too small. Is that so or not?” “It is.” “Then we shall have to cut out a cantle2 of our neighbor's land if we are to have enough for pasture and ploughing, and they in turn of ours if they too abandon themselves to the unlimited3 acquisition of wealth,

1 χρείαις: Greek idiom could use either singular or plural. Cf. 410 A;Phaedo 87 C;Laws 630 E. The plural here avoids hiatus.

2 Cf. Isocrates iii. 34.

3 Cf. 591 D. Natural desires are limited. Luxury and unnatural forms of wealth are limitless, as the Greek moralists repeat from Solon down.

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