the philosopher both flees and does not flee. Now the theoretical [philosopher’s] gaze always flees towards the divine, whereas the [philosopher-] statesman’s, if he has worthy citizens, remains and shapes them. If they are not worthy, then in truth he retreats and makes a fortress for himself and sits there in flight from the boisterousness of the city. This is what Plato and Socrates did. In this way Socrates became so great that the Pythian Apollo testified to it.
Φεύγοντι τὰ μέσα τῆς πόλεως: καὶ φεύγει καὶ οὐ φεύγει ὁ φιλόσοφος· ὁ μὲν οὖν θεωρητικὸς ἀεὶ φεύγει πρὸς τὸ θεῖον ὁρῶν, ὁ δὲ πολιτικός, ἐὰν ἀξίους ἔχῃ πολίτας, μένει καὶ ῥυθμίζει αὐτούς, εἰ δὲ μὴ ὦσιν ἄξιοι κατὰ ἀλήθειαν ἀναχωρεῖ καὶ τειχίον ἑαυτῷ ποιήσας καθέζεται φεύγων τὴν τρικυμίαν τῆς πόλεως. οὕτω γοῦν καὶ ὁ Σωκράτης καὶ ὁ Πλάτων ἐποίησαν· μέγας τοίνυν Σωκράτης γέγονεν οὕτως ὡς καὶ τὸν Πύθιον Ἀπόλλωνα μαρτυρῆσαι αὐτῷ
Ἔκδ. L. G. Westerink. Μετ. R. Jackson – K. Lycos – H. Tarrant