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Athenian
We shall, therefore, devote some time to this subject, and only when we have investigated it thoroughly shall we regard our conclusions as certain. But lest we be uselessly hindered from completing the ordinance which accompanies the laws with which we are now concerned, let us proceed to their conclusion. For very probably (if Heaven so will) this exposition, when completely brought to its conclusion, may also clear up the problem now before us.

Clinias
Well said, Stranger: let us do just as you say.

Athenian
Let the strange fact be granted, we say, that our hymns are now made into “nomes” (laws),1 just as the men of old, it would seem, gave this name to harp-tunes,—

1 A play on the double sense ofνόμος,—“law” and “chant” or “tune”: cp. 700 B, 722 D, 734 E.

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