Plato

"The Laws (Part 4)"

[Athenian]
And now, what will this city be? I do not mean to ask what is or will hereafter be the name of the place; that may be determined by the accident of locality or of the original settlement—a river or fountain, or some local deity may give the sanction of a name to the newly-founded city; but I do want to know what the situation is, whether maritime or inland.

[Cleinias]
I should imagine, Stranger, that the city of which we are speaking is about eighty stadia distant from the sea.

[Athenian]
And are there harbours on the seaboard?

[Cleinias]
Excellent harbours, Stranger; there could not be better.

[Athenian]
Alas! what a prospect! And is the surrounding country productive, or in need of importations?

[Cleinias]
Hardly in need of anything.

[Athenian]
And is there any neighbouring State?

[Cleinias]
None whatever, and that is the reason for selecting the place; in days of old, there was a migration of the inhabitants, and the region has been deserted from time immemorial.

[Athenian]
And has the place a fair proportion of hill, and plain, and wood?
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