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[479a] as you say Archelaus has succeeded in doing, and the rest of the despots and orators and overlords?

Polus
So it seems.

Socrates
Because, I conceive, my excellent friend, what these persons have contrived for themselves is very much as though a man who was the victim of the worst diseases should contrive not to submit to the doctor's penalty for his bodily transgressions and take the prescribed treatment, from a childish fear of cautery or incision, as being so painful.


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