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[572e] to be repeated in his case. He is drawn toward utter lawlessness, which is called by his seducers complete freedom. His father and his other kin lend support to1 these compromise appetites while the others lend theirs to the opposite group. And when these dread magi2 and king-makers come to realize that they have no hope of controlling the youth in any other way, they contrive to engender in his soul a ruling passion3 to be the protector4

1 Cf. 559 E.

2 An overlooked reference to the Magi who set up the false Smerdis. Cf. Herod. iii. 61 ff.

3 Cf. Symp. 205 D.

4 προστάτην: cf. 562 D and 565 C-D.

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