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397D - 398B We shall therefore admit that style only which imitates the good man's way of speaking. The mixed and mimetic varieties do not suit us, for the character of our citizens is simple and uniform. Those poets who refuse to comply we will dismiss with compliments into another city.

τὸν ἕτερον: ‘one or other.’ Presently τοῦ ἐπιεικοῦς ‘the good man’ is said for ‘the good man's style of speaking’; see 398 B and cf. 399 B note Before ἄκρατον, many editors add τόν (with Ξ^{2}): but the position of ἄκρατον is normal: cf. τὰ ἐν ὕδασι φαντάσματα θεῖα VII 532 C and note ad loc.

παισί -- τῷ πλείστῳ ὄχλῳ. The expression recurs in Laws 700 C (quoted by J. and C.).

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