The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Republic by Plato:|
And yet rich men probably have a greater superiority in the science and
practise of boxing than they have in military qualities.
Then we may assume that our athletes will be able to fight with two or
three times their own number?
I agree with you, for I think you right.
And suppose that, before engaging, our citizens send an embassy to one of
the two cities, telling them what is the truth: Silver and gold we neither
have nor are permitted to have, but you may; do you therefore come and help
us in war, and take the spoils of the other city: Who, on hearing these
words, would choose to fight against lean wiry dogs, rather than, with the