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Unformatted text preview: 1-1Dr. MetressCP 101H18 October 2007LeadershipWhile building his ideal city in The Republic, Socrates sets up classes of people, with one class being the ones to lead the city, and out of that class coming the ultimate ruler of the city. While The Aeneids epic poem format does not allow it to make direct statements in the way that The Republic does, examples from the characters Aeneas and Dido can also lead us to conclusions about leadership. Virgils tone toward these characters and their actions reaffirms The Republics assertions on leadership.One very basic principle of leadership is that not everyone will be a leader. Plato establishes this by setting his city up into different classes, one group who will be led all the time, another who will lead the city, and a third which falls between the two in terms of leadership. In The Aeneid, Aeneas is seen by his men as the leader and there is no hint of mutiny on their journey. More support for Socrates idea is seen in the ultimate goal of Aeneas and his men: rather than setting out to establish a democracy where every man...
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