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Indeed it is obvious, Nicias, that you at least do not believe that even the Crommyonian sow1 could have been courageous. I say this not in jest, but because I conceive it is necessary for him who states this theory to refuse courage to any wild beast, or else to admit that a beast like a lion or a leopard or even a boar is so wise as to know what only a few men know because it is so hard to perceive. Why, he who subscribes to your account of courage must needs agree that a lion, a stag, a bull, and a monkey have all an equal share of courage in their nature.

1 The fierce moster slain by Theseus in the region between Corinth and Megara before he became the hero of Attica.

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