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ὅσῳ δὲ πρεσβύτερος κτλ. The life of the timocratical man is an epitome of that of the State, in which, as actually happened at Sparta, the oligarchical element grows more and more powerful as time goes on (547 C note). λόγου -- κεχραμένου recalls the ἀληθινὴ Μοῦσα of 548 B. σωτὴρ ἀρετῆς. Virtue is never secure unless it rests on knowledge, and can render a λόγος of itself: cf. VI 497 C and VII 531 E notes
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