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[555e] and eager for revolution.1” “’Tis so.” “But these money-makers with down-bent heads,2 pretending not even to see3 them, but inserting the sting of their money4 into any of the remainder who do not resist, and harvesting from them in interest as it were a manifold progeny of the parent sum,

1 Cf. Aristot.Pol. 1305 b 40-41, 1266 b 14.

2 Cf. Persius, Sat. ii. 61 “o curvae in terras animae, et caelestium inanes,” Cf. 586 Aκεκυφότες. Cf. also on 553 D for the general thought.

3 Cf. Euthyph. 5 C, Polit. 287 A, Aristoph.Peace 1051, Plut. 837, Eurip.Hippol. 119, I. T. 956, Medea 67, Xen.Hell. iv. 5. 6.

4 Or, as Ast, Stallbaum and others take it, “the poison of their money.”τιτρώσκοντες suggests the poisonous sting, especially as Plato has been speaking of hives and drones. For ἐνιέντες cf. Eurip.Bacchae 851ἐνεὶς . . . λύσσαν, “implanting madness.” In the second half of the sentence the figure is changed, the poison becoming the parent, i.e. the principal, which breeds interest,. cf. 507 A, p. 96.

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