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[502b] not one of all could be saved,1 will anyone maintain that?” “How could he?” “But surely,” said I, “the occurrence of one such is enough,2 if he has a state which obeys him,3 to realize4 all that now seems so incredible.” “Yes, one is enough,” he said. “For if such a ruler,” I said, “ordains the laws and institutions that we have described it is surely not impossible that the citizens should be content to carry them out.” “By no means.” “Would it, then, be at all strange or impossible for others to come to the opinion to which we have come5?”

1 Cf. 494 A.

2 Cf. Epist. vii. 328 C and Novotny, Plato's Epistles, p. 170 Plato's apparent radicalism again. Cf. on 501 A. Cf. also Laws 709 E, but note the qualification in 875 C, 713 E-714 A. 691 C-D. Wilamowitz, Platon, ii. pp. 381-383 seems to say that the εἷς ἱκανός is the philosopher—Plato.

3 Note the different tone of 565 Eλαβὼν σφόδρα πειθόμενον ὄχλον. Cf. Phaedr. 260 Cλαβὼν πόλιν ὡσαύτως ἔχουσαν πείθῃ.

4 Cf. on 499 D, and Frutiger, Mythes de Platon, p. 43.

5 Cf. Epist. vii. 327 B-C, viii. 357 B ff.

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