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[274e] So, then, let our tale be finished; but we will turn it to account for opening our eyes to the great error we made in the exposition of the king and the statesman in our earlier discussion.

Younger Socrates
How, then, did we err, and what is the great error you say we have committed?

Stranger
In one way we made a comparatively slight error, in another a very important one, much greater and more far-reaching than the first.

Younger Socrates
How did we do that?

Stranger
When we were asked about the king and the statesman of the present movement of the world and mode of generation, we told of the shepherd of the human flock in the time of the reverse movement,


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