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[292e]

Stranger
Does it seem at all possible that a multitude in a state could acquire this science?

Younger Socrates
By no means.

Stranger
But in a state of one thousand men could perhaps a hundred or as many as fifty acquire it adequately?

Younger Socrates
No, in that case this would be the easiest of all the arts; for we know that a city of a thousand men could never produce that number of finished draught-players in comparison with those in other Greek cities, still less so many kings. For the man who possesses the kingly science, whether he rule or not,


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