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[600d] to impress upon their contemporaries the conviction that they will not be capable of governing their homes or the city1 unless they put them in charge of their education, and make themselves so beloved for this wisdom2 that their companions all but3 carry them about on their shoulders,4 yet, forsooth, that Homer's contemporaries, if he had been able to help men to achieve excellence,5 would have suffered him or Hesiod to roam about rhapsodizing and would not have clung to them far rather than to their gold,6 and constrained them to dwell with them7 in their homes,

1 For διοικεῖν Cf. Protag. 318 E.

2 See Thompson on Meno 70 B.

3 On μόνον οὐκ Cf. Menex. 235 C, Ax. 365 B.

4 Stallbaum refers to Themist.Orat. xxii. p. 254 Aὃν ἡμεῖς διὰ ταύτην τὴν φαντασίαν μόνον οὐκ ἐπὶ ταῖς κεφαλαῖς περιφέρομεν, Erasmus, Chiliad iv. Cent. 7 n. 98 p. 794, and the German idiom “einen auf den Händen tragen.”

5 Cf. Protag. 328 B.

6 The article perhaps gives the word a contemptuous significance. So Meno 89 Bτὸ χρυσίον.

7 οἴκοι εἶναι: J. J. Hartman, Ad Platonis Remp. 600 E, Mnem. 1916, p. 45, would change εἶναι to μεῖναι. But cf. Cic.Att. vii. 10 “erimus una.”

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