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[300e] but if they were scientific, then it would no longer be imitation, but the actual perfect reality of which we spoke?

Younger Socrates
Yes, assuredly.

And yet we agreed definitely a while ago that no multitude is able to acquire any art whatsoever.

Younger Socrates
Yes, that is definitely agreed.

Then if there is a kingly1 art, neither the collective body of the wealthy nor the whole people could ever acquire this science of statesmanship.

Younger Socrates
No; certainly not.

Such states, then, it seems, if they are to imitate well, so far as possible, that true form of government—

1 See 292 E.

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