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Physical training includes athletic and military exercises, which rouses and strengthens our spiritedness, while cultural education (mainly poetry, literature, and music) tempers spiritedness and inculcates the norms in the light of which the two tendencies are to be regulated (Rep. g. 377c–378e) that the poetry that dominates the traditional curriculum provides unsuitable norms for this task. The only poems and stories to be allowed in the properly functioning city will be ones that encourage the listener to be pious, respectful of elders, and serious about having friendly relations with fellow citizens (Rep.
399e). 68 Nonetheless some signiﬁcant, though unspeciﬁed, limits are in place on the goals it will pursue. The rulers will use their wisdom to determine those limits. Thus the well-functioning city is itself an entity that exercises self-restraint in light of what is good for itself. This good does not consist simply in satisfying whatever desires the population has (as Socrates complains of Pericles and his cohort – Gorg. 515c–517c), but in maintaining the stability and integrity of the city as a whole.
He then suggests that what Laches really means is that courage is wise endurance (192d). Laches readily accepts this proposal, but he shows no understanding in the aftermath (192e–199e) of the sort of wisdom that would be required – being unable to distinguish the wisdom that allows one to escape unharmed from dangerous situations (which a skilled well-diver might have – 193a–c), from the wisdom that tells one when it is right to risk harm (cf. 195c–e; Gorg. 51 Nicias does better than Laches, and indicates (La.