“Surely not.” “Will they, then, any longer
be fierce with us when we declare that, until the philosophic class wins
control, there will be no surcease of trouble for city or citizens nor will
the polity which we fable1 in words be brought to pass
in deed?” “They will perhaps be less so,” he
said. “Instead of less so, may we not say that they have been
altogether tamed and convinced, so that
1 Cf. 376 D,
Laws 632 E, 841 C, Phaedr. 276 E.
Frutiger, Les Mythes de Platon, p. 13, says Plato uses
the word μῦθος only once of his own
myths, Polit. 268 E.
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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