Plato scholars such as Matthias Baltes (1940-2003) and Luc Brisson have defended the thesis that Plato’s Idea of the Good is on the one hand beyond being (epekeina tês ousias) in dignity and power, but is nevertheless not transcendent over being. The article gives first (I), an introduction into the status questionis. Second (II), it delivers the most important arguments for the thesis of Baltes and Brisson. Third (III), it gives two counterarguments against the thesis. Fourth (IV), it deals with the translation of L. Brisson “Apollon, quelle merveilleuse emphase” of 509c1-2. Fifth (V), it concludes with some general questions concerning the deflationist interpretation of Plato’s Republic, 509b9-10.