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[494c] “Then they will fawn1 upon him with petitions and honors, anticipating2 and flattering the power that will be his.” “That certainly is the usual way.” “How, then, do you think such a youth will behave in such conditions, especially if it happen that he belongs to a great city and is rich and well-born therein, and thereto handsome and tall? Will his soul not be filled with unbounded ambitious hopes,3 and will he not think himself capable of managing the affairs of both Greeks and barbarians,4

1 For ὑποκείσονται Cf. Gorg. 510 C, 576 AὑποπεσόντεςEurip.Orest. 670 ὑποτρέχειν, Theaet. 173 Aὑπελθεῖν.

2 i.e. endeavoring to secure the advantage of it for themselves by winning his favor when he is still young and impressionable.

3 Cf. Alc. I. 104 B-C ff.

4 Cf. Alc. I. 105 B-C.

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