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[676b] and of the variations therein occurring.

Clinias
Explain your meaning.

Athenian
Tell me now: do you think you could ever ascertain the space of time that has passed since cities came into existence and men lived under civic rule?

Clinias
Certainly it would be no easy task.

Athenian
But you can easily see that it is vast and immeasurable?

Clinias
That I most certainly can do.

Athenian
During this time, have not thousands upon thousands of States come into existence, and, on a similar computation, just as many perished?

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