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[259b]

Stranger
But certainly the science of a true king is kingly science?

Younger Socrates
Yes.

Stranger
And will not he who possesses this science, whether he happen to be a ruler or a private citizen, rightly be called “kingly,” when considered purely with reference to his art?

Younger Socrates
At least he has a right to be.

Stranger
And surely the householder and the master of a family are the same.

Younger Socrates
Yes, of course.

Stranger
Well, so far as government is concerned, is there any difference between the grandeur of a large house and the majesty of a small state?

Younger Socrates
No.


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