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[608b] fearing for the polity in his soul1 and must believe what we have said about poetry.” “By all means,” he said, “I concur.” “Yes, for great is the struggle,2” I said, “dear Glaucon, a far greater contest than we think it, that determines whether a man prove good or bad, so that not the lure of honor or wealth or any office, no, nor of poetry either, should incite us3 to be careless of righteousness and all excellence.” “I agree with you,” he replied, “in view of what we have set forth, and I think that anyone else would do so too.”

1 Cf. on 591 E, p. 412, note d.

2 Cf. Phaedo 114 C, 107 C, Phaedr. 247 B, Gorg. 526 E, Blaydes on Aristoph.Peace 276, and for the whole sentence Phaedo 83 B-C, 465 D, 618 B-C f. and p. 404, note d, on 589 E.

3 ἐπαρθέντα: cf. 416 C.

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