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[578c] “What one?” “The one,” said I, “who, being of tyrannical temper, does not live out1 his life in private station2 but is so unfortunate that by some unhappy chance he is enabled to become an actual tyrant.” “I infer from what has already been said,” he replied, “that you speak truly.” “Yes,” said I, “but it is not enough to suppose such things. We must examine them thoroughly by reason and an argument such as this.3 For our inquiry concerns the greatest of all things,4 the good life or the bad life.” “Quite right,” he replied. “Consider, then, if there is anything in what I say.

1 Cf. Protag. 355 A, Alc. I. 104 E, 579 C.

2 Stallbaum quotes Plut.De virtut. et vit. p. 101 D, Lucian, Herm. 67ἰδιώτην βίον ζῆν, Philo, Vit. Mos. 3.

3 Adam ad loc. emends τῷ τοιούτῳ to τῶ τοιοῦτω, insisting that the MS. reading cannot be satisfactorily explained.

4 Cf. Vol. I. p. 71, note f on 344 D-E, and What Plato Said, p. 484, on Laches 185 A.

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