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[18a] but show themselves stern in battle towards all the enemies they encounter.1

Very true.

For we said, as I think, that the soul of the Guardians ought to be of a nature at once spirited and philosophic in a superlative degree, so that they might be able to treat their friends rightly with leniency and their foes with sternness.


And what of their training? Did we not say that they were trained in gymnastic, in music, and in all the studies proper for such men?2


1 Cf. Rep. 375 B ff.

2 Cf. Rep. 376 D ff.

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