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[769a]

Athenian
It seems, then, that up to now our ancients' game of reason1 has been finely played.

Clinias
You are showing, I think, how fine is the serious work of our citizens.

Athenian
Very probably: but let us see whether you agree with me about another point.

Clinias
What is it, and whom does it concern?

Athenian
You know how, for instance, the painter's art in depicting each several subject seems never to get to an end, and in its embellishing it seems as if it would never stop

1 i.e. the “game” of legislation, cp. Plat. Laws 685a, Plat. Laws 712b.

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