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[576a] or, if they themselves want something, they themselves fawn1 and shrink from no contortion2 or abasement in protest of their friendship, though, once the object gained, they sing another tune.3” “Yes indeed,” he said. “Throughout their lives, then, they never know what it is to be the friends of anybody. They are always either masters or slaves, but the tyrannical nature never tastes freedom4 or true friendship.” “Quite so.” “May we not rightly call such men faithless5?” “Of course.” “Yes, and unjust to the last degree,

1 ὑποπεσόντες: cf. on 494 Cὑποκείσονται.

2 σχήματα was often used for the figures of dancing. Cf. Laws 669 D, Aristoph.Peace 323, Xen.Symp. 7. 5, Eurip.Cyclops 221. Isoc.Antid. 183 uses it of gymnastics.

3 Cf. Phaedr. 241 Aἄλλος γεγονώς, Demosth. xxxiv. 13ἕτερος ἤδη . . . καὶ οὐχ αὐτός.

4 Cf. Lucian, Nigrinus 15ἄγευστος μὲν ἐλευθερίας, ἀπείρατος δὲ παρρησίαςAristot.Eth. Nic. 1176 b 19, 1179 b 15.

5 Cf. Laws 730 C, 705 A.

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