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violent and destructive natural catastrophe, such as a deluge,
an earthquake, or a plague.^ When such a catastrophe as this
has come to pass, then only a few people are left on the hill-

(1) Legg., iii. 677. a. In the Timccus and Gritias Attica is represented as having,
a certain number of thousands of years before, been inhabited by a brave, pros-
perous, and consummately organised community, the admiiation and envj' of all
other lands {Crit., 109. c. — 112. e). But there came earthquakes and floods, and
nearly the whole of these people perished in a single day and night, — in the same
catastrophe which sunk the great island of Atlantis below the ocean for ever.
{Timceus, 25. c. ii.) See also the Foliticus, p. 272.

Aristotle, speaking of the founder of a community, says, tirt yrjyevut; fjoav, tir'
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