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[573b] any opinions or appetites accounted1 worthy and still capable of shame, it slays them and thrusts them forth until it purges2 him of sobriety, and fills and infects him with frenzy brought in from outside.3” “A perfect description,” he said, “of the generation of the tyrannical man.” “And is not this analogy,” said I, “the reason why Love has long since been called a tyrant4?” “That may well be,” he said. “And does not a drunken man,5 my friend,” I said,

1 For ποιουμένας in this sense cf. 538 C, 498 A, 574 D.

2 Cf. on 560 D, p. 299, note c.

3 ἐπακτοῦ: cf. 405 B, Pindar, Pyth. vi. 10, Aesch.Seven against Thebes 583, Soph.Trach. 259.

4 Cf. 573 D, Eurip.Hippol. 538, Andromeda, fr. 136 (Nauck)θεῶν τύραννε . . . Ἔρως, and What Plato Said, p. 546 on Symp. 197 B.

5 For drunkenness as a tyrannical mood Cf. Laws 649 B, 671 B, Phaedr, 238 B.

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