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[398a]

“They are called holy spirits under the earth,
Noble, averters of evil, guardians of mortal men.

Hes. WD 122 ff

Hermogenes
What of that?

Socrates
Why, I think he means that the golden race was not made of gold, but was good and beautiful. And I regard it as a proof of this that he further says we are the iron race.

Hermogenes
True.

Socrates
Don't you suppose that if anyone of our day is good,


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