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[516c] if he was a good statesman while he had charge of them?

Callicles
Certainly.

Socrates
And the just are gentle, as Homer said.1 But what say you? Is it not so?

Callicles
Yes.

Socrates
But, however, he turned them out wilder than when he took them in hand, and that against himself, the last person he would have wished them to attack.

Callicles
You wish me to agree with you?

Socrates
Yes, if you consider I am speaking the truth.


1 Our text of Homer contains no such saying. The nearest is that in Hom. Od. 6.120, and Hom. Od. 9.175 ῥ᾽ ὁίγ᾽ ὑβρισταί τε καὶ ἄγριοι, οὐδὲ δίκαιοι, “Wanton and wild are they, not just.”

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