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[395b] neither can the same men be actors for tragedies and comedies1—and all these are imitations, are they not?” “Yes, imitations.” “And to still smaller coinage2 than this, in my opinion, Adeimantus, proceeds the fractioning of human faculty, so as to be incapable of imitating many things or of doing the things themselves of which the imitations are likenesses.” “Most true,” he replied.

“If, then, we are to maintain our original principle, that our guardians, released from all other crafts,

1 Cf. Classical Review, vol. xiv. (1900), pp. 201 ff.

2 Cf. Laws 846 E, Montaigne, “Nostre suffisance est detaillee a menues pieces,” Pope, Essay on Criticism, 60: “One science only will one genius fit,/ So vast is art, so narrow human wit.”

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