as they please?”
“Quite so.” “And don't you agree that the one
who wins the prize of valor and distinguishes himself shall first be crowned
by his fellows in the campaign, by the lads and boys each in
turn?” “I do.” “And be greeted with
the right hand?” “That, too.” “But I
presume you wouldn't go as far as this?”
“What?” “That he should kiss and be kissed by
everyone1?” “By all
means,” he said, “and I add to the law the provision
that during that
1 The deplorable facetiousness of
the following recalls the vulgarity of Xenophon's guard-house
conversations. It is almost the only passage in Plato that one would wish to blot.
Helvetius, otherwise anything but a Platonist, characteristically adopts
it, Lange, History of
Materialism, ii. p. 86.
Plato. Plato in Twelve Volumes, Vols. 5 & 6 translated by Paul Shorey. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1969.
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