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[858c] already erected and in part collected.

Athenian
In this way, Clinias, our survey of laws will at any rate follow nature's course more closely. Now let us consider, I adjure you, the following point about legislators.

Clinias
What point?

Athenian
We have in our States not only the writings and written speeches of many other people, but also the writings and speeches of the lawgiver.

Clinias
Certainly.

Athenian
Are we, then, to pay attention to the compositions of the others—

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