Lycurgus, Allegory Of The Cave, And Life Of Pericles

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There are many qualities of leadership that contribute to creating a strong leader. Enchiridion, “Life of Lycurgus,” “Allegory of the Cave,” and “Life of Pericles” each speak about the traits of a leader and how those qualities affect the stability of a state. However, there are traits that, more than others, exemplifies qualities that help the stability of the state. Although a leader filled with passion is an imperative, a strong leader perseveres holding onto his restraint when making decisions regarding city-state affairs to keep stability.
Being passionate about one's state is important in the journey of finding the state’s ability. In the story of Lycurgus, a man is the passionate leader of the Spartans. However, an obstacle interferes
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In the story of Lycurgus, Lycurgus has to “lay down the supreme power so easily out of respect for justice,” after learning that his sister-in-law is pregnant with the rightful heir (Plutarch.) He was so restrained with his own choices because the well-being of Sparta depended on him. This action shows that Lycurgus’ used restraint to benefit the stability of the state. Because if Lycurgus hadn’t restrained himself from retaining power, the city of Sparta would have been in upheaval. In the “Allegory of the Cave,” the prisoner has a hard time coming out of and then adjusting to the world beyond the cave. Plato stated, “ that he would be a wit's end . . . that what he previously saw [with his own eyes] was more unhidden than what was now being shown.” The prisoner had reserved fears, but he was able to overcome them in order to gain knowledge. His restraint against following the easier path enables him to be able to overcome the obstacle of being blind. Also in Lycurgus, “luxury, . . . died away of itself, and men of large possessions had no advantage over the poor.” Because of this change, and Lycurgus being able to restrain himself from choosing a life of luxury, there was a balance in Sparta. This balance created a stability of the states because everyone was the

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