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[578e] is ready to defend each citizen.” “You are right,” I said. “But now suppose some god should catch up a man who has fifty or more slaves1 and waft him with his wife and children away from the city and set him down with his other possessions and his slaves in a solitude where no freeman could come to his rescue. What and how great would be his fear,2 do you suppose, lest he and his wife and children be destroyed by the slaves?” “The greatest in the world,3” he said, “if you ask me.”

1 Plato's imaginary illustration is one of his many anticipations of later history, and suggests to an American many analogies.

2 Cf. Critias, fr. 37 Diels ii.3 p. 324, on Sparta's fear of her slaves.

3 For ἐν παντί cf. 579 B, Symp. 194 Aἐν παντὶ εἴης, Euthyd. 301 Aἐν παντὶ ἐγενόμην ὑπὸ ἀπορίας, Xen.Hell. v. 4. 29, Thucyd. vii. 55, Isoc. xiii. 20ἐν πᾶσιν . . κακοῖς. Cf.παντοῖος εἶναιγίννεσθαι) Herod. ix. 109, vii. 10. 3, iii. 124, Lucian, Pro lapsu 1.

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