How then does a protector begin to change into a tyrant? Clearly when he does what the man is said to do in the tale of the Arcadian temple of Lycaean Zeus.
Must he not either perish at the hands of his enemies, or from being a man become a wolf--that is, a tyrant?
After a while he is driven out, but comes back, in spite of his enemies, a tyrant full grown.
And he, the protector of whom we spoke, is to be seen, not `larding the plain' with his bulk, but himself the overthrower of many, standing up in the chariot of State with the reins in his hand, no longer protector, but tyrant absolute.
At first, in the early days of his power, he is full of smiles, and he salutes every one whom he meets;--he to be called a tyrant, who is making promises in public and also in private!
And if any of them are suspected by him of having notions of freedom, and of resistance to his authority, he will have a good pretext for destroying them by placing them at the mercy of the enemy; and for all these reasons the tyrant must be always getting up a war.
And the tyrant, if he means to rule, must get rid of them; he cannot stop while he has a friend or an enemy who is good for anything.
What a blessed creature, I said, must this tyrant be; he has put to death the others and has these for his trusted friends.
"Endeavoring!" cried the tyrant, fiercely; "what do you mean by that?
The tyrant regarded her, for some moments, in evident wonder at her audacity.
The latter seemed to have recovered, in great measure, from his intoxication, and looking fixedly but quietly into the tyrant's face, merely ejaculated: