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[302d]

Stranger
We said that monarchy comprised royalty and tyranny, and the rule of the few comprised aristocracy, which has a name of good omen, and oligarchy; but to the rule of the many we gave then only a single name, democracy; now, however, that also must be divided.

Younger Socrates
How? On what principle shall we divide that?

Stranger
On the same that we used for the others, though the name of this form is already twofold in meaning.1 At any rate, the distinction between ruling according to law


1 The name is said to be twofold in meaning, probably because it was applied in cases in which there was a regularly constituted popular government and also in cases of mob rule.

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