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471C - 472B Glauco recalls Socrates to the task, already twice postponed, of demonstrating that such a State is possible.

Here begins the transition to the ‘third’ or philosophic city. See on 449 A.

ὡς δυνατή. In a certain sense, this has already been proved, for the city is κατὰ φύσιν: cf. 456 C, 466 D. We have, however, still to shew that the harmony with nature can be attained, and this is what Plato proceeds to do.

ἐπεὶ ὅτι γε κτλ. We should expect ὁμολογῶ after γένοιτο, but anacolutha after ὅτι are so frequent that something of the sort may be mentally supplied: cf. I 352 B, V 465 A notes Richards would insert ὁμολογῶ in the text. I formerly proposed καὶ ἐγὼ λέγω, <καὶ> σὺ παραλείπεις ὅτι κτλ., ‘I too assert’ (sc. no less than you), ‘and also what you omit, that’ etc., but now acquiesce in the anacoluthon.

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