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BOOK III.

CHAPTER III.
" For if, my dear Adeimantus, our youth should give earnest heed to such representations of the gods instead of laughing at the absurd legends, hardly would any one of them deem himself, being a mortal, unworthy of such conduct or rebuke himself, if ever he were disposed to say or do anything of the kind; but without shame or self-restraint, he will, over even slight misfortunes, give way beyond measure to lamentations and groans."
" Yes," he said, " nothing could be more true:"
" But he ought never to do this, as our argument just now proved to us, an argument which we must heed until some one shall persuade us by another and a fairer one."
" He ought not, indeed."
" And further, our guardians should not be given' to laughter. For whenever a man indulges in violent laughter, such an excess commonly leads to anequally violent reaction."
" So I think," he said."If then a poet represent men of worth over- come by laughter, we shall withhold our approval ;but surely much less shall we approve if he so represent gods."
" Still less, assuredly," he replied.
" Therefore we shall not permit Homer to use such language as this about the gods :
'Laughter unquenchable rose among the blessed immortals When they beheld Hephaestus bustling about through the palace.' (16)

16• Iliad, i, 599 f.

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