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[701d] in its mouth, and so “get a toss off the donkey”1 (as the saying goes): consequently, I must once more repeat my question, and ask—“With what object has all this been said?”

Megillus
Very good.

Athenian
What has now been said bears on the objects previously stated.

Megillus
What were they?

Athenian
We said2 that the lawgiver must aim, in his legislation, at three objectives—to make the State he is legislating for free, and at unity with itself, and possessed of sense. That was so, was it not?

Megillus
Certainly.

1 A play on ἀπ᾽ ὄνου=ἀπὸ νοῦ: “to show oneself a fool”: cr. Artist. Nubes 1274: τί δῆτα ληρεῖς, ὥσπερ ἀπ᾽ ὄνου καταπεσών.

2 Cp. Plat. Laws 693b.

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