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465D - 466D The life of our guardians will be more glorious than that of victors in the games. So far from being unhappy, they are the happiest of the citizens, and any attempt to aggrandise themselves at the expense of their country will only make them miserable. We conclude that the best policy for a city is to make women share with men in everything, and such community is in harmony with the natural relations between the sexes.

ἀπαλλάξονται. I formerly adopted Cobet's conjecture ἀπηλλάξονται (N. L. p. 243), which is attractive in itself, and also because of its correspondence with ἀπηλλαγμένοι ἂν εἷεν in C. But even on the score of meaning the change can hardly be called a necessary one, and there is no MS authority for the form ἀπηλλάξονται either here or (so far as I can discover) elsewhere.

ὀλυμπιονῖκαι κτλ. ‘To him that overcometh’ etc. Plato frequently borrows similitudes and phrases from the national games. Cf. VI 503 A, 504 A, IX 583 B note, X 613 B, C, 621 D, and Phaedr. 256 B. Here he sings a sort of paean in honour of his more than Olympic conquerors. νίκη, <*>κ τοῦ δημοσίου τροφή (cf. Ap. 36 D), ἀναδοῦνται, γέρα (such as προεδρία Xenophanes Fr. 2. 7) and ταφῆς ἀξίας μετέχουσιν are each of them significant points in the comparison.

ὧν -- ὑπάρχει. The nominative of a relative pronoun is very rarely attracted into the genitive. Van Cleef (de attract. in enunt. rel. usu Plat. p. 42) cites only two other certain instances in Plato, viz. Theaet. 158 A and Alc. II 148 A. περὶ πάντων ὧν γέγονε is found in an Attic inscription about the end of the fourth century B.C. (Meisterhans^{3} p. 238). In Phaed. 69 A the nominative passes into a dative: cf. also οἷς ἐξόν in 466 A and Gorg. 492 B.

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