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Socrates
It shall be done. The main part of the discourse I delivered yesterday1 was concerned with the kind of constitution which seemed to me likely to prove the best, and the character of its citizens.

Timaeus
And in truth, Socrates, the polity you described was highly approved by us all.

Socrates
Did we not begin by dividing off the class of land-workers in it, and all other crafts, from the class of its defenders?2

Timaeus
Yes.

Socrates
And when, in accordance with Nature, we had assigned to each citizen


1 i.e., the Republic, of which the political part (books ii.-v.) is here briefly recapitulated.

2 See Rep. 369 E ff., 374 E ff.

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