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[602b] “Yet still he will none the less1 imitate, though in every case he does not know in what way the thing is bad or good. But, as it seems, the thing he will imitate will be the thing that appears beautiful to the ignorant multitude.” “Why, what else?” “On this, then, as it seems, we are fairly agreed, that the imitator knows nothing worth mentioning of the things he imitates, but that imitation is a form of play,2 not to be taken seriously,3 and that those who attempt tragic poetry, whether in iambics or heroic verse,4 are all altogether imitators.” “By all means.”

1 Note the accumulation of particles in the Greek. Similarly in 619 B, Phaedo 59 D, 61 E, 62 B, 64 A, Parmen. 127 D, Demosth. xxiii. 101, De cor. 282, Pind.Pyth. iv. 64 A, Isoc.Peace 1, Aristot.De gen. et corr. 332 a 3, Iliad vii. 360.

2 Cf. on 536 C, p. 214, note b.

3 Cf. 608 A.

4 For ἐν ἔπεσι cf. 607 A, 379 A, Meno 95 D.

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