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[390a] and all similar passages.” “Yes, well said.” “But what of this sort of thing?“ Heavy with wine with the eyes of a dog and the heart of a fleet deer,
Hom. Il. 1.2251and the lines that follow,2 are these well—and other impertinences3 in prose or verse of private citizens to their rulers?” “They are not well.” “They certainly are not suitable for youth to hear for the inculcation of self-control. But if from another point of view they yield some pleasure we must not be surprised, or what is your view of it?” “This,” he said.

“Again, to represent the wisest man as saying that this seems to him the fairest thing in the world,“ When the bounteous tables are standing

1 Achilles to the commander-in-chief, Agamemon. Several lines of insult follow.

2 Cf. Philebus 42 C.

3 Cf. Gorgias 482 C.

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