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[270b]

Younger Socrates
All that account of yours appears, at any rate, very reasonable.

Stranger
Then, in the light of what has been said, let us consider and gain understanding of the event which we said was the cause of all those wonderful portents; for it is really just this.

Younger Socrates
Just what?

Stranger
The fact that at certain periods the universe has its present circular motion, and at other periods it revolves in the reverse direction.

Younger Socrates
How was this the cause?

Stranger
We cannot help believing that of all the changes which take place in the heavens this reversal is


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