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[272b] That, Socrates, was the life of men in the reign of Cronus; but the life of the present age, which is said to be the age of Zeus, you know by your own experience. Would you be able and willing to decide which of them is the more blessed?

Younger Socrates
Certainly not.

Stranger
Shall I, then, make some sort of a judgement for you?

Younger Socrates
Do so, by all means.

Stranger
Well, then, if the foster children of Cronus, having all this leisure and the ability to converse not only with human beings but also with beasts,


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