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πρεσβυτέρους κτλ. The different principles on which rulers may be appointed are fully discussed in Laws 690 A ff.

φρονίμους κτλ. Intellectual ability and accomplishments, authority, and pa triotic sentiment are the three requisites of the Rulers as laid down here. In VI and VII it is the first which is emphasized, here it is the last. This is in harmony with the whole spirit of I—IV, in which, as Krohn remarks (Pl. St. p. 29), “the intellect is subordinated to the moral powers, and with the education of the character in richly-endowed natures the fruits of insight ripen of themselves.”

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