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κρατεῖται is construed like ἡττᾶται, μειοῦται, νικᾶται and the like; but a parallel instance is hard to find. (In Aeschin. F. L. 152, cited by J. and C., the reading is ποίᾳ κρατηθεὶς ἡδονῇ;). Richards proposes κρατεῖ, in which case τὸ γένος would be the male sex—an awkward change of subject. ὡς ἔπος εἰπεῖν. See I 341 B note The sentiment is illustrated by J. and C. from Crat. 392 C πότερον οὖν αἱ γυναῖκες ἐν ταῖς πόλεσιν φρονιμώτεραί σοι δοκοῦσιν εἷναι ἢ οἱ ἄνδρες, ὡς τὸ ὅλον εἰπεῖν γένος; Οἱ ἄνδρες. πάντων μὲν κτλ. Plato, in short, makes government a question of capacity, and not of sex. With what follows cf. the passages cited above on 451 C. For the relative weakness of woman cf. infra 457 A and Laws 781 A.
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