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[502a] for very shame, if for no other reason, they may assent?” “Certainly,” said he.

“Let us assume, then,” said I, “that they are won over to this view. Will anyone contend that there is no chance that the offspring of kings and rulers should be born with the philosophic nature?” “Not one,” he said. “And can anyone prove that if so born they must necessarily be corrupted? The difficulty1 of their salvation we too concede; but that in all the course of time

1 Cf. Laws 711 Dτὸ χαλεπόν, and 495 A-B.

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