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[572d] being drawn both ways he settles down in a compromise1 between the two tendencies, and indulging and enjoying each in moderation, forsooth,2 as he supposes,3 he lives what he deems a life that is neither illiberal nor lawless, now transformed from an oligarch to a democrat.” “That was and is our belief about this type.” “Assume,4 then, again,” said I, “that such a man when he is older has a son bred in turn5 in his ways of life.” “I so assume.” “And suppose the experience of his father

1 εἰς μέσον: cf. p. 249, note f.

2 Ironical.δή. See p. 300, note a. Cf. modern satire on “moderate” drinking and “moderate” preparedness.

3 ὡς ᾤετο is another ironical formula like ἵνα δή, ὡς ἄρα, etc.

4 θές: Cf. Theaet. 191 C, Phileb. 33 D.

5 This is the αὖ of the succession of the generations. Cf. p. 247, note f.

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