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[744c] and comeliness, but in proportion also to his wealth or poverty,—so that by a rule of symmetrical inequality1 they may receive offices and honors as equally as possible, and may have no quarrelling. For these reasons we must make four classes, graded by size of property, and called first, second, third and fourth (or by some other names) , alike when the individuals remain in the same class and when, through a change from poverty to wealth or from wealth to poverty, they pass over each to that class to which he belongs.

1 i.e. of, proportional distribution: cp. Plat. Laws 757a. for “political” as distinct from “arithmetical,” equality.

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