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[2] but an Eros armed with a thunderbolt. The reputable men of the city looked on all these things with loathing and indignation, and feared his contemptuous and lawless spirit. They thought such conduct as his tyrant-like and monstrous. How the common folk felt towards him has been well set forth by Aristophanes1 in these words:β€”
β€˜It yearns for him, and hates him too, but wants him back;’
and again, veiling a yet greater severity in his metaphor:β€”
A lion is not to be reared within the state;
But, once you've reared him up, consult his every mood.

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