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[291d] and was the cause of right conduct in the state, and precisely as Aeschylus' line1 expresses it, is seated alone at the helm of the city, steering the whole, commanding the whole, and making the whole useful.

And surely your notion was a good one, Socrates?

You shall judge of that, Crito, if you care to hear what befell us thereafter. For later on we reconsidered it somewhat in this manner: Look now, does the monarch's art, that rules over all, produce any effect

1 Cf. Aesch. Seven 2 “Whoso at helm of the state keeps watch upon affairs, guiding the tiller without resting his eyelids in sleep.”

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