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[926d] all who dispute about any such matters shall go for judgment, and their verdict shall be carried out as final. If, however, anyone maintains that this is to confer too much power on the Law-wardens, he shall summon his opponents before the court of select judges1 and secure a decision regarding the points in dispute. On him that is defeated there shall be imposed by the lawgiver censure and disgrace,—a penalty heavier than a large fine in the eyes of a man of right mind. Accordingly, orphan children will undergo a kind of second birth.2 How in each case they should be reared and trained

1 Cp. Plat. Laws 775d., Plat. Laws 855c.

2 i.e. be “born again” as children of the State, with the Law-wardens as their new official parents, as explained below.

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