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[709d]

Clinias
Very true.

Athenian
Would not, then, the man who possessed art in regard to each of the crafts mentioned be able to pray aright for that condition which, if it were given by Chance, would need only the supplement of his own art?

Clinias
Certainly.

Athenian
And if all the other craftsmen mentioned just now were bidden to state the object of their prayers, they could do so, could they not?

Clinias
Of course.

Athenian
And the lawgiver, I suppose, could do likewise?

Clinias
I suppose so.

Athenian
“Come now, O lawgiver,” let us say to him, “what are we to give you, and what condition of State, to enable you, when you receive it, thence-forward to manage the State by yourself satisfactorily?”

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