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[574c] his by necessity1 and from his birth? Or for the sake of a blooming new-found bel ami, not necessary to his life, he would rain blows2 upon the aged father past his prime, closest of his kin and oldest of his friends? And would he subject them to those new favorites if he brought them under the same roof?” “Yes, by Zeus,” he said. “A most blessed lot it seems to be,” said I, “to be the parent of a tyrant son.” “It does indeed,” he said. “And again, when the resources of his father and mother are exhausted3 and fail such a one,

1 The word ἀναγκαῖαν means both “necessary” and “akin.” Cf. Eurip.Androm. 671τοιαῦτα λάσκεις τοὺς ἀναγκαίους φίλους.

2 For the idiom πληγαῖς . . . δοῦναι Cf. Phaedr. 254 Eὀδύναις ἔδωκεν with Thompson's note. Cf. 566 Cθανάτῳ δέδοται. For striking his father cf. 569 B, Laws 880 E ff., Aristoph.Clouds 1375 ff., 1421 ff.

3 For ἐπιλείπῃ cf. 568 E, 573 E.

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