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[544e] which, as it were, by their momentum and weight in the scales1 draw other things after them?” “They could not possibly come from any other source,” he said. “Then if the forms of government are five, the patterns of individual souls must be five also.” “Surely.” “Now we have already described the man corresponding to aristocracy2 or the government of the best, whom we aver to be the truly good and just man.”

1 For the metaphor cf. also 550 E and on 556 E.

2 ἀριστοκρατία is used by both Plato and Aristotle some times technically, sometimes etymologically as the government of the best, whoever they may be. Cf. 445 D, and Menex. 238 C-D (What Plato Said, p. 539).

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