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[627a] and partly inferior, are we to affirm that the same condition of things exists in house and village and State, or are we to deny it?

Clinias
Do you mean the condition of being partly self-superior and partly self-inferior?

Athenian
Yes.

Clinias
That, too, is a proper question; for such a condition does most certainly exist, and in States above all. Every State in which the better class is victorious over the populace and the lower classes would rightly be termed “self-superior,” and would be praised most justly for a victory of this kind; and conversely, when the reverse is the case.

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