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[568c] among them will pardon us.” “But going about to other cities, I fancy, collecting crowds and hiring fine, loud, persuasive voices,1 they draw the polities towards tyrannies or democracies.” “Yes, indeed.” “And, further, they are paid and honored for this, chiefly, as is to be expected, by tyrants, and secondly by democracy.2 But the higher they go, breasting constitution hill, the more their honor fails,

1 Cf. Gorg. 502 B ff., Laws 817 C, and for the expression Protag. 347 D.

2 Cf. Laches 183 A-B.

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