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[575d] the greatest and mightiest tyrant in his own soul.” “Naturally,” he said, “for he would be the most tyrannical.” “Then if the people yield willingly—’tis well,1 but if the city resists him, then, just as in the previous case the man chastized his mother and his father, so now in turn will he chastize his fatherland if he can, bringing in new boon companions beneath whose sway he will hold and keep enslaved his once dear motherland2—as the Cretans name her—and fatherland. And this would be the end of such a man's desire.3

1 In the Greek the apodosis is suppressed. Cf. Protag. 325 D. Adam refers to Herwerden, Mn. xix. pp. 338 f.

2 So also the Hindus of Bengal, The Nation,July 13, 1911, p. 28. Cf. Isoc. iv. 25πατρίδα καὶ μητέρα, Lysias ii. 18μητέρα καὶ πατρίδα, Plut. 792 E (An seni resp. δὲ πατρὶς καὶ μητρὶς ὡς Κρῆτες καλοῦσι. Vol. I. p. 303, note e, on 414 E, Menex. 239 A.

3 Cf. the accidental coincidence of Swinburne's refrain, “This is the end of every man's desire” (Ballad of Burdens).

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