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[540c] and sacrifices for them as to divinities if the Pythian oracle approves1 or, if not, as to divine and godlike men.2” “A most beautiful finish, Socrates, you have put upon your rulers, as if you were a statuary.3” “And on the women4 too, Glaucon,” said I; “for you must not suppose that my words apply to the men more than to all women who arise among them endowed with the requisite qualities.” “That is right,” he said, “if they are to share equally in all things with the men as we laid it down.”

1 For this caution cf. 461 E and Vol. I. p. 344, note c, on 427 C.

2 Plato plays on the words δαίμων and εὐδαίμων. Cf. also Crat. 398 b-C.

3 Cf. 361 D.

4 Lit. “female rulers.”

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