What shall we say to him?
Let us make an image of the soul, that he may have his own words
presented before his eyes...
An ideal image of the soul, like the composite creations of ancient mythology,
such as the Chimera or Scylla or Cerberus, and there are many others in which
two or more different natures are said to grow into one.
There are said of have been such unions.
Then do you now model the form of a multitudinous, many-headed monster,
having a ring of heads of all manner of beasts, tame and wild, which he is
able to generate and metamorphose at will.
You suppose marvellous powers in the artist; but, as language is more pliable
than wax or any similar substance, let there be such a model as you propose.
Suppose now that you make a second form as of a lion, and a third of a man, the second
smaller than the first, and the third smaller than the second...
And now join them, and let the three grow into one...
Next fashion the outside of them into a single image, as of a man, so that he who
is not able to look within, and sees only the outer hull, may believe the beast
to be a single human creature. (Plato: Republic IX)