the maternal uncle of Odysseus, and says
“‘he was gifted beyond all men
in thievery and perjury.’”Hom. Od.
19.395 So justice, according to you and Homer and Simonides,
seems to be a kind of stealing, with the qualification that it is for the
benefit of friends and the harm of enemies. Isn't that what you
meant?” “No, by Zeus,” he replied.
“I no longer know what I did mean.1 Yet this I still
believe, that justice benefits friends and harms enemies.”
1 For humorous bewildermentof Socrates' interlocutors cf. Xenophon
Memorabilia iv. 2. 19, Lysis 216 C,
Alc. I. 127 D, Meno 80, Euthyphro 11 B, Symposium 201
B, Theaetetus 149 A, 169 C.
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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