enslaving and subjecting as perioeci and
serfs1 their former
supporters, of whose freedom they had been the guardians, and occupying
themselves with war and keeping watch over these subjects.”
“I think,” he said, “that this is the
starting-point of the transformation.” “Would not this
polity, then,” said I, “be in some sort intermediate
between aristocracy and oligarchy ?” “By all
change, then, it would arise. But after the change
1 An allusion to Sparta. On slavery
in Plato cf. Newman i. p. 143. Cf. 549 A, 578-579, Laws
1259 a 21 f., 1269 a
36 f., 1330 a 29.
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