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[429b] “in calling a city cowardly or brave would fix his eyes on any other part of it than that which defends it and wages war in its behalf?” “No one at all,” he said. “For the reason, I take it,” said I, “that the cowardice or the bravery1 of the other inhabitants does not determine for it the one quality or the other.2” “It does not.” “Bravery too, then, belongs to a city by virtue of a part of itself owing to its possession in that part of a quality that under all conditions will preserve the conviction

1 ἀνδρεῖοι ὄντες: the ab urbe condita construction. Cf. 421 A.

2 τοίαν . . . τοίαν: cf. 437 E, Phaedrus 271 D, Laws 721 B.

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