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[550c] “Then,” said I, “we have our second polity and second type of man.” “We have,” he said.

“Shall we then, as Aeschylus: would say, “‘tell of another champion before another gate,’”Aesch. Seven 4511 or rather, in accordance with our plan,2 the city first?” “That, by all means,” he said. “The next polity, I believe, would be oligarchy.” “And what kind of a regime,” said he, “do you understand by oligarchy?” “That based on a property qualification,3” said I, “wherein the rich hold office

1 λέγ᾽ ἄλλον ἄλλαις ἐν πύλαις εἰληχότα.

2 Cf. Laws 743 C, and Class. Phil. ix. (1914) p. 345.

3 Cf. Aristot.Eth. Nic. 1160 a 33, Isoc.Panath. 131, Laws 698 Baliter.

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