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[275c] than that of the king, whereas the statesmen who now exist here are by nature much more like their subjects, with whom they share much more nearly the same breeding and education.

Younger Socrates
Certainly.

Stranger
And yet they would have to be investigated with precisely the same care, whether their nature be like that of their subjects or like that of the divine shepherd.

Younger Socrates
Of course.

Stranger
Then let us go back to this point: the art which we said gave its own orders and had to do with living beings,


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