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ἐν αὑτῷ. The Oxford editors, with Herwerden, read ἐν αὐτῷ, “i.e. the man,” remarking that “good opinions and desires could hardly be supposed to exist” in the drone. True; but παρ᾽ αὑτοῦ shews that αὑτῷ is right, and αὐτῷ is unpleasing on aesthetic as well as on grammatical grounds. Plato speaks as if the master-passion were itself the soul. The inaccuracy is easily excused because the whole soul is rapidly falling under its sway. ποιουμένας=‘accounted.’ Hermann proposes ποτωμένας, Herwerden ἐμποιουμένας: but the text is sound. See VI 498 A note καθήρῃ: as in the καθαρμός of VIII 567 C. μανίας δὲ κτλ. See cr. n. A few deterioris notae MSS agree with A, which is certainly in error here. Cf. IV 441 D. The epithet ἐπακτοῦ recalls the ξενικοί of VIII 567 D f. καὶ μεθυσθεὶς κτλ. Ast compares Bacchyl. Frag. 27. 6 f. Bergk (on the effects of wine) αὐτίχ᾽ ὁ μὲν πόλεων κρήδεμνα λύει | πᾶσι δ᾽ ἀνθρώποις μοναρχήσειν δοκεῖ. But τυραννικόν τι φρόνημα ἴσχει has of course a wider meaning than this.
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