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[610e] something that kills others when it can, but renders its possessor very lively indeed,1 and not only lively but wakeful,2 so far, I ween, does it dwell3 from deadliness.” “You say well,” I replied; “for when the natural vice and the evil proper to it cannot kill and destroy the soul, still less4 will the evil appointed for the destruction of another thing destroy the soul or anything else, except that for which it is appointed.”5 “Still less indeed,” he said, “in all probability.” “Then since it is not destroyed by any evil whatever,

1 μάλα is humorous, as in 506 D, Euthydem 298 D, Symp. 189 A.

2 Cf. Horace, Epist. i. 2. 32 “ut iugulent hominem surgunt de nocte latrones.”

3 For the metaphor Cf. Proverbs viii. 12σοφία κατεσκήνωσα βουλήν. Plato personifies injustice, as he does justice in 612 D,σκιαγραφία in 602 D, bravery in Laches 194 A,κολαστική in Soph. 229 A,κολακευτικήGorg. 464 C,σμικρότηςParmen. 150 AπονηρίαApol. 39 A-B, and many other abstract conceptions. See further Phileb. 63 A-B, 15 D, 24 A, Rep. 465 A-B, Laws 644 C, Cratyl. 438 D.

4 σχολῇ: cf. 354 C, Phaedo 106 D.

5 Cf. 345 D.

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