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[565e] is inevitably transformed into a wolf. Have you not heard the tale?” “I have.” “And is it not true that in like manner a leader of the people who, getting control of a docile mob,1 does not withhold his hand from the shedding of tribal blood,2 but by the customary unjust accusations brings a citizen into court and assassinates him, blotting out3 a human life, and with unhallowed tongue and lips that have tasted kindred blood,

1 Note the difference of tone from 502 B. Cf. Phaedr. 260 C.

2 Cf. Pindar, Pyth. ii. 32; Lucan i. 331: “nullus semel ore receptus Pollutas patitur sanguis mansuescere fauces.

3 For ἀφανίζων Cf. Gorg. 471 B.

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