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[149b]

Theaetetus
Yes, I have.

Socrates
Shall I tell you the reason then?

Theaetetus
Oh yes, do.

Socrates
Just take into consideration the whole business of the midwives, and you will understand more easily what I mean. For you know, I suppose, that no one of them attends other women while she is still capable of conceiving and bearing but only those do so who have become too old to bear.

Theaetetus
Yes, certainly.

Socrates
They say the cause of this is Artemis, because she, a childless goddess, has had childbirth allotted to her as her special province. Now it would seem she did not allow


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