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the tyranny of erotic love he has permanently become while awake
what he used to become occasionally while asleep.
In Book IX, Socrates presents a long
and psychologically astute portrait of the tyrannical man. The tyrannical
man is governed by lawless desires, the sort of desires that in
normal people only emerge occasionally in dreams (desires for illicit
sexual unions or heinous murders). Leading him down this nightmarish
path, and egging him constantly on to greater excess, is the tyrannical
man’s erotic lusts. Socrates deems erotic love the greatest tyrant
of all, and regards it as a dangerous emotion, best avoided by good
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