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[553a] “Then,” I said, “let us regard as disposed of the constitution called oligarchy, whose rulers are determined by a property qualification.1 And next we are to consider the man who resembles it—how he arises and what after that his character is.” “Quite so,” he said.

“Is not the transition from that timocratic youth to the oligarchical type mostly on this wise?” “How?” “When a son born to the timocratic man at first emulates his father, and follows in his footsteps2 and then sees him

1 Cf. on 550 C. p. 261, note h.

2 Cf. 410 B, Homer Od. xix. 436ἴχνη ἐρευνῶντος, ii. 406, iii. 30, v. 193, vii. 38μετ᾽ ἴχνια βαῖνε.

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