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The speech about divine governance which Dio delivers in response (cf. above p. 61). There is a helpful summary of the intellectual structure which underpins Proclus’ claims in Lamberton 1986: 169–70, 178–9. Recent discussion and bibliography in Morgan 2000 and Partenie 2009. 5) is typical of one helpful ancient approach to the question. ’ (Rep. 24–6 Kroll). Like Homer’s, Plato’s gods have chariots and still feast (247a8), but a society in which there is no fq»nov11 and in which every god keeps to his or her own proper activity (247a6–7) seems very far removed from Homer’s Olympians.

Arnott 1996: 692–4, below p. 69, n. 88. 3 Aeschines’ Plato? 31 mŸ poižsav d• toÓto o­kade –lqÜn ghrai¼v teleutžsoi, –t»lmhsen —l”sqai bohqžsav täi –rast i Patr»klwi kaª timwržsav oÉ m»non Ëperapoqane±n ˆll‡ kaª –papoqane±n teteleuthk»tiá Âqen dŸ kaª Ëperagasq”ntev o¬ qeoª diafer»ntwv aÉt¼n –t©mhsan, Âti t¼n –rastŸn oÌtw perª polloÓ –poie±to. (Plato, Symposium 179e1–80a4) [The gods] honoured Achilles, the son of Thetis, and sent him to the Isles of the Blessed, because – although he had learned from his mother that if he killed Hector he would die, but that if he did not do this and went home he would end his life in old age – he had the courage to choose to come to the aid of his lover Patroclus and to avenge him, not only by dying for him but by adding his own death to that of Patroclus.

He has no scruple at trying to have sex with his mother, and indeed with anything else – man, god, beast; he will murder anything, there is nothing he will not eat. In a word, there is no limit to his madness or his shamelessness. 571c7–d5) The pursuit of these lawless pleasures leads the tyrannical man, as they led Timarchus, to the squandering of all wealth and to criminality (573d–4a); when the number of such ‘tyrannical people’ in a city becomes significant, then rule by the ‘foolish dˆemos’ is in serious danger of being replaced by a real ‘tyrant’, who will be that tyrannical man ‘who has the largest and most powerful tyrant in his soul’ (575c6–8).

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