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The Republic is an item in the SNES and PC releases of Mario's Time Machine. It contains the writings of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, describing various dialogues between Socrates and other figures, at one point contending that the only government that can properly function is a meritocracy run by Philosopher kings. In Mario's Time Machine, a copy of the book that Plato used to teach his students was stolen by Bowser, who traveled back in time to take it so that it could be added to his museum. Mario later takes the book back and travels back in time himself to ancient Athens, although since he does not know that the book belongs to Plato, he questions the locals about his surroundings and the item in his possession. Aristotle eventually confirms that the item is the Republic, and Mario then gives it back to Plato. Plato thanks Mario for his help, saying that he can continue teaching his pupils as Socrates once taught him.