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[575b] and the others, the multitude as a whole, are sober-minded, the few go forth into exile and serve some tyrant elsewhere as bodyguard or become mercenaries in any war there may be. But if they spring up in time of peace and tranquillity they stay right there in the city and effect many small evils.” “What kind of evils do you mean?” “Oh, they just steal, break into houses, cut purses, strip men of their garments, plunder temples, and kidnap,1 and if they are fluent speakers they become sycophants and bear false witness and take bribes.”

1 Cf. the similar lists of crimes in Gorg. 508 E, Xen.Mem. i. 2. 62.

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