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[423d] and likewise if a superior to the others he must be enrolled among the guardians; and the purport of all this was1 that the other citizens too must be sent to the task for which their natures were fitted, one man to one work, in order that each of them fulfilling his own function may be not many men, but one, and so the entire city may come to be not a multiplicity but a unity.2” “Why yes,” he said, “this is even more trifling than that.” “These are not, my good Adeimantus, as one might suppose, numerous and difficult injunctions that

1 The special precept with regard to the guardians was significant of the universal principle, “one man, one task.” Cf. 443 C, 370 B-C (note), 394 E, 374 A-D, Laws 846 D-847 B.

2 It is a natural growth, not an artificial contrivance. For Aristotle's criticism Cf. Politics 1261 A.

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