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[775e] and will generate them in every way inferior. From acts of such a kind he must especially abstain on the day and night of his marriage; for the Beginning that sits enshrined as a goddess1 among mortals is the Savior of all, provided that she receives the honor due to her from each one who approaches her. The man who marries must part from his father and mother, and take one of the two houses2

1 For the importance of ἀρχή (here personified) cp. Plat. Laws 753e, Plat. Laws 765e; possiblyἀρχὴ σώζει πάνταwas a proverb.

2 Cp. Plat. Laws 745c, Plat. Laws 745d.

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