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[576d] is the same as that of the man to the man?” “Of course.” “What is, then, in respect of virtue, the relation of a city ruled by a tyrant to a royal city as we first described it?” “They are direct contraries,” he said; “the one is the best, the other the worst.” “I’ll not ask which is which,” I said, “because that is obvious. But again in respect of happiness and wretchedness, is your estimate the same or different? And let us not be dazzled1 by fixing our eyes on that one man, the tyrant, or a few2 of his court, but let us enter into and survey the entire city,

1 Cf. 577 A, 591 D, 619 Aἀνέκπληκτος, Crat. 394 B, Gorg. 523 D, Protag. 355 B. Cf. also Epictet. iii. 22. 28ὑπὸ τῆς φαντασίας περιλαμπομένοις, and Shelley, “ . . . accursed thing to gaze on prosperous tyrants with a dazzled eye.”

2 εἴ τινες: Cf. Gorg. 521 Bἐάν τι ἔχω.

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