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BOOK IV

"True," said he, "they are doing nothing else."
" Consequently I should not have thought that it was the duty of the true legislator to trouble himself about, this kind of enactments whether in laws or constitution, either in an ill-governed or a well-governed State, because in the former they are useless and amount to nothing, and in the latter some of them can be discovered by any person whatever, and others will follow naturally from the custotns already described."
" What then," he asked, "will yet remain for us of the work of legislation?"
And I replied: "To us nothing; but to the Delphian Apollo there will remain the directing of the greatest, the noblest, the chiefest things of all."
" What are these things?" he asked.
" The building of temples, and sacrifices and other services in honor of the gods and demigods and heroes; likewise the graves of the dead, and all the rites we must observe in order to propitiate the inhabitants of the other world. For these are matters which we do not understand, and in founding a city we shall, if we are wise, neither heed nor employ any other interpreter save our ancestral deity. This god doubtless is the natural interpreter on such subjects to all mankind, and pronounces his oracles seated on the Omphalos(12) at the center of the earth."
" You speak admirably, and we must do as you propose."

(12) See the word Omphalos with the accompanying cut in the Century Dictionary.

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