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[633a]

Megillus
A good suggestion! And begin with our friend here, the panegyrist of Zeus—try first to put him to the test.

Athenian
Try I will, and to test you too and myself; for the argument concerns us all alike. Tell me then: do we assert that the common meals and the gymnasia were devised by the lawgiver with a view to war?

Megillus
Yes.

Athenian
And is there a third institution of the kind, and a fourth? For probably one ought to employ this method of enumeration also in dealing with the subdivisions (or whatever we ought to call them) of the other forms of goodness, if only one makes oneÕs meaning clear.

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