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[692b] For if the matter had lain with Temenus and Cresphontes1 and the lawgivers of their day—whosoever those lawgivers really were,—even the portion of Aristodemus2 could never have survived, for they were not fully expert in the art of legislation; otherwise they could hardly have deemed it sufficient to moderate by means of sworn pledges3 a youthful soul endowed with power such as might develop into a tyranny; but now God has shown of what kind the government ought to have been then, and ought to be now, if it is to endure. That we should understand this,

1 See Plat. Laws 683d.

2 i.e., Lacedaemon: Aristodemus was father of Eurysthenes and Procles (cp. Plat. Laws 683d).

3 Cp. Plat. Laws 684a.

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