and reputation, and by the giving of pledges to one another; and out
of them forming one smooth and even web, to entrust to them the
offices of State.
Y. Soc. How do you mean?
Str. Where one officer only is needed, you must choose a ruler who
has both these qualities-when many, you must mingle some of each,
for the temperate ruler is very careful and just and safe, but is
wanting in thoroughness and go.
Y. Soc. Certainly, that is very true.
Str. The character of the courageous, on the other hand,
of the former in justice and caution, but has the power of
action in a
remarkable degree, and where either of these two qualities
there cities. cannot altogether prosper either in their public or
Y. Soc. Certainly they cannot.
Str. This then we declare to be the completion of the web of
political Action, which is created by a direct intertexture of the
brave and temperate natures, whenever the royal science has drawn
the two minds into communion with one another by unanimity and
friendship, and having perfected the noblest and best of all the
webs which political life admits, and enfolding therein all other
inhabitants of cities, whether slaves or freemen, binds them in one
fabric and governs and presides over them, and, in so far as to be
happy is vouchsafed to a city, in no particular fails to secure
Y. Soc. Your picture, Stranger, of the king and statesman, no less
than of the Sophist, is quite perfect.