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The depths of a mans soul can be eternal with just a few highlights rising to the top once in a while for the outside world to try and comprehend A leaders soul however must constantly be put on trial and reviewed like some debatable artifact Is the man just Does he have too much power Where will he lead us In this way a leaders soul is under scrutiny as long as his reign may last Pericles the Athenian ruler is a man of diverse dimensions and souls A man of swift and controlled oration Pericles ushers Athens into times like no other and establishes himself as a force among the Hellenic world but in doing so he invokes the souls of Socrates in Book VIII of The Republic Before the war with the Lacedeamonians Pericles relates the Athenian thesis of honor fear and interest to the people of Athens in terms of war If you give way you will instantly have to meet some greater demand as having been frightened into obedience in the first instance but a firm refusal will make them clearly understand that they must treat you more as equals 1 140 Pericles wants to relate a virtue of honor and conquest to the people It must be thoroughly understood that war is a necessity and that the more readily we accept it the less will be the ardor of our opponents and that out of the greatest dangers communities and individuals acquire the greatest glory 1 144 To this end Pericles seems to describe Socrates soul of timocracy But in being afraid to bring the wise to the ruling office because the men of that kind it possesses are no longer simple and earnest but mixed and in leaning toward spirited men men naturally more directed to war then peace in holding the wiles and stratagems of war and honor and in spending all its time making war 8
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