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[681c]

Athenian
And no doubt each clan was well pleased with its own laws, and less well with those of its neighbors.

Clinias
True.

Athenian
Unwittingly, as it seems, we have now set foot, as it were, on the starting-point of legislation.

Clinias
We have indeed.

Athenian
The next step necessary is that these people should come together and choose out some members of each clan who, after a survey of the legal usages of all the clans, shall notify publicly to the tribal leaders and chiefs (who may be termed their “kings”) which of those usages please them best,

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