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[820e]

Clinias
Yes, obviously.

Athenian
Shall we not, then, lay these down as necessary subjects of instruction, so that there may be no gap in our code of laws? Yet we ought to lay them down provisionally—like pledges capable of redemption—apart from the rest of our constitution, in case they fail to satisfy either us who enact them or you for whom they are enacted.

Clinias
Yes, that is the right way to lay them down.

Athenian
Consider next whether or not we approve of the children learning astronomy.

Clinias
Just tell us your opinion.

Athenian
About this there is a very strange fact—indeed, quite intolerable.

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