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[562d] for its leaders1 and is intoxicated by drinking too deep of that unmixed wine,2 and then, if its so-called governors are not extremely mild and gentle with it and do not dispense the liberty unstintedly,it chastises them and accuses them of being accursed3 oligarchs.4” “Yes, that is what they do,” he replied. “But those who obey the rulers,” I said, “it reviles as willing slaves5 and men of naught,6 but it commends and honors in public and private rulers who resemble subjects and subjects who are like rulers.

1 Or “protectors,” “tribunes,”προστατούντων. Cf. on 565 C, p. 318, note d.

2 Cf. Livy xxxix. 26 “velut ex diutina siti nimis avide meram haurientes libertatem,” Seneca, De benefic. i. 10 “male dispensata libertas,” Taine, Letter,Jan. 2, 1867 “nous avons proclamé et appliqué l’égalité . . . C’est un vin pur et généreux; mais nous avons bu trop du nôtre.”

3 μιαρούς is really stronger, “pestilential fellows.” Cf. Apol. 23 D, Soph.Antig. 746. It is frequent in Aristophanes.

4 For the charge of oligarchical tendencies cf. Isoc.Peace 51 and 133, Areop. 57, Antid. 318, Panath. 158.

5 Cf. Symp. 184 C, 183 A. Cf. the essay of Estienne de la Boétie, De la servitude volontaire. Also Gray, Ode for Music, 6 “Servitude that hugs her chain.”

6 For οὐδὲν ὄντας cf. 341 C, Apol. 41 E, Symp. 216 E, Gorg. 512 C, Erastae 134 C, Aristoph.Eccles. 144, Horace, Sat. ii. 7. 102 “nil ego,” Eurip.I. A. 371, Herod. ix. 58οὐδένες ἐόντες.

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