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THE BASIC EDUCATION OF THE GUARDIANS
In ancient Greece horrible forms of violence and deception filled the stories that young Athenians heard and recited. Blood and gore, death and destruction seem, in general, to fascinate people. But should young children whose characters are not yet formed be exposed to literature that presents violence as an expected and accepted part of human nature? To some extent, your answer reveals your views on the issue of censorship.
Book III continues Socrates' arguments for the censorship of children's literature. But before the end of the book Socrates leaves this topic and returns to his main consideration-a vision of the perfectly just state. Book III can be divided into four parts: 1. proper musical training, 2. physical training; 3. the selection of rulers; and 4. the Myth of the Metals.