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βούληται: sc. ἀριστεὑσας τε καὶ εὐδοκιμήσας.

ἐάν τις -- φέρειν. See Symp. 178 E— 179 B. The principle underlying Glauco's remark was widely accepted by Greek military authorities (see Hug on Symp. l.c. and Dugas l.c. pp. 90—104). The Theban Sacred Band, composed of ἐρασταί and ἐρώμενοι, is the best-known instance of its application in actual warfare (Athen. XIII 561 F).

αἱρέσεις means selections by the rulers (so also Schneider): cf. 460 B, to which εἴρηται ἤδη refers. J. and C.'s alternative rendering “success in winning such prizes” cannot stand: still less the translation of D. and V. “to exercise more than the usual liberty of choice in such matters.”

τῶν τοιούτων: i.e. τῶν ἀγαθῶν.

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