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Plato, Republic, Book 4, section 423a (search)
and the city of the poor,Cf. Aristotle Politics 1316 b 7 and 1264 a 25. and in each of these there are many. If you deal with them as one you will altogether miss the mark, but if you treat them as a multiplicity by offering to the one faction the property, the power, the very persons of the other, you will continue always to have few enemies and many allies. And so long as your city is governed soberly in the order just laid down, it will be the greatest of cities. I do not mean greatest in repute, but in reality, even though it have only a thousandAristotle, Politics 1261 b 38, takes this as the actual number of the military class. Sparta, according to Xenephon, Rep. Lac. 1. 1, was TW=N O)LIGANQRWPOTA/TWN
Plato, Republic, Book 8, section 551d (search)
y great defect in oligarchy.” “So it appears.” “Well, and is this a smaller one?” “What?” “That such a city should of necessity be not one,For the idea that a city should be a unity Cf. Laws 739 D and on 423 A-B. Cf. also 422 E with 417 A-B, Livy ii. 24 “adeo duas ex una civitate discordia fecerat.” Aristot.Pol. 1316 b 7 comments A)/TOPON DE\ KAI\ TO\ FA/NAI DU/O PO/LEIS EI)=NAI TH\N O)LIGARXIKH/N, PLOUSI/WN KAI\ PENH/TWN . . . and tries to prove the point by his topical method. but two, a city of the rich and a city of the poor, dwelling together, and always plottingCf. 417 B. against one another.” “No, by Zeus,” said he, “it is not a bit smaller.” “