ce. For indeed I am speaking somewhat like an arbitrator, and addressing to the two parties, the former despot and his subjects, as though each were a single person, the counsel I gave of old. And now also my word of advice to every despot would be that he should shun the despot's title and his task, and change his despotism for kingship.
That this is possible has been actually proved by that wise and good man Lycurguscf. Plat. L. 4.320d.; for when he saw that the family of his kinsmen in Argos and in Messene had in both cases destroyed both themselves and their city by advancing from kingship to despotic power, he was alarmed about his own city as well as his own family, and as a remedy he introduced the authority of the Elders and of the Ephors to serve as a bond of safety for the kingly powercf. Plat. Laws 692a.; and because of this they have already been kept safe
and glorious all these generations since Law became with them supreme king over men instead of men being despots o