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At 598d--599a, Socrates speaks about people who believe that the poets know all the crafts. Why do they believe this?

A.Because the poets write about these crafts, therefore they must know about them.

B.Because the poets write about these crafts, and write about them well and beautifully, and so therefore they must have knowledge of them.

C. Because the people judging the poets (and claiming they have knowledge) are ignorant themselves, and can’t distinguish between knowledge, ignorance and imitation.

D.1 and 2

E.2 and 3

F. None of the above.

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I'm not an expert on Socrates but I'd go with B.