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[354e] who preceded Dionysius, without any legal trial,1 to show that they were no slaves of any rightful master, nor of any law, but were in all ways altogether free. Hence it was that the rule of the despots befell them. For as regards both slavery and freedom, when either is in excess it is wholly evil, but when in moderation wholly good; and moderate slavery consists in being the slave of God, immoderate, in being the slave of men;

1 Plato is here in error, apparently: the stoning took place at an earlier date at Agrigentum.

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