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[463d] will it be merely the names1 of this kinship that you have prescribed for them or must all their actions conform to the names in all customary observance toward fathers and in awe and care and obedience for parents, if they look for the favor2 of either gods or men, since any other behaviour would be neither just nor pious? Shall these be the unanimous oracular voices that they hear from all the people, or shall some other kind of teaching beset3 the ears of your children from their birth, both concerning4 what is due to those who are pointed out as their fathers

1 τὰ ὀνόματα μόνον may be thought to anticipate Aristotle's objections.

2 Cf. 554 Dὅτι οὐκ ἄμεινον.

3 Cf. the reliance on a unanimous public opinion in the Laws, 838 C-D.

4 περὶ . . . περί: for the preposition repeated in a different sense cf. Isocrates iv. 34, ix, 3, and Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, III. i. “As here by Caesar and by you cut off.”

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