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[266c] in these divisions of ours which would be a famous joke?

Younger Socrates
No. What is it?

Stranger
Our human race shares the same lot and runs in the same heat as the most excellent and at the same time most easy-going race of creatures.1

Younger Socrates
Yes, I see that; it is a very queer result.

Stranger
Indeed? But is it not reasonable that they arrive last, who are the slowest?

Younger Socrates
Yes, that is true.

Stranger
And do we fail to notice this further point, that the king appears in a still more ridiculous light, running along with the herd and paired in the race with the man of all others


1 The animal referred to is the pig. See P. Shorey, Classical Philology,1917, July, p. 308.

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