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Plato, Republic, Book 5, section 465d (search)
ignoble and not deserving of mention.” “Even a blindProverbial. Cf. Sophist 241 D. man can see these,” he said.“From all these, then, they will be finally free, and they will live a happier life than that men count most happy, the life of the victors at Olympia.Cf. 540B-C, 621D, Laws 715C, 807C, 840A, 946-947, 964C, Cicero Pro Flacco 31 “Olympionicen esse apud Graecos prope maius et gloriosius est quam Romae trimphasse.” The motive is anticipated or parodied by Dracontion, Athenaeus 237 D, where the parasite boasts—GE/RA GA\R AU)TOI=S TAU=TA TOI=S TA)LU/MPIANIKW=SI DE/DOTAI XRHSTO/THTOS OU(/NEKA.” “How so?” “The
Plato, Republic, Book 5, section 466a (search)
though it was in their power to have everything of the citizens, they had nothing, and we, I believe, replied that this was a consideration to which we would return if occasion offered, but that at present we were making our guardians guardians and the city as a whole as happy as possible, and that we were not modellingCf. 420 C. Omitting TO/, translate “that we were not fixing our eyes on any one class, and portraying that as happy.” our ideal of happiness with reference to any one class?” “I do remember,” he said. “Well then, since now the life of our helpersE)PIKOU/RWN: the word here includes the rulers. has been shown to be fairer and better than that of the victors at Olympia,