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[429e] And things that are dyed by this process become fast-colored1 and washing either with or without lyes cannot take away the sheen of their hues. But otherwise you know what happens to them, whether2 anyone dips other colors or even these without the preparatory treatment.” “I know,” he said, “that they present a ridiculous and washed-out appearance.” “By this analogy, then,” said I, “you must conceive what we too to the best of our ability were doing when we selected our soldiers and educated them in music3

1 For δευσοποιός cf. L. and S., and Nauck,Ἀδέσποτα441τοῖς δευσοποιοῖς φαρμάκοις ξανθίζεται.

2 The two points of precaution are (1) to select white wool, not ἄλλα χρώματα, (2) to prepare by treatment even this.

3 Cf. 522 A, Philebus 17 B.

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