that they acknowledge it, just as those whom their enemies praise are
worthless.Meaning that they cannot have
done their duty against their enemies, who would then have blamed them.
Another suggested reading is ou(\s oi( fi/loi ye/gousi
kai\ ou(\s oi( e)xqroi\ mh\ ye/gousi
（“those whom their friends blame and whom their enemies
do not blame.”） Wherefore the Corinthians imagined
themselves insulted by Simonides, when he wrote,
Ilium does not blame the
Iliad Glaucus, a Corinthian, is described as
an ally of the Trojans. Simonides meant to praise, but the
Corinthians were suspicious and thought his words were meant
satirically, in accordance with the view just expressed by
Aristotle. The Simonides referred to is Simonides of Ceos （Frag. 50,
P.L.G. 3, where the line is differently
given）. Aristotle is evidently quoting from memor
your own case:
I will first defend the goddesses, for I [do not
think] that Hera . . .Eur. Tro. 969-971.
Hecuba had advised Menelaus to put Helen to death; she defends
herself at length, and is answered by Hecuba in a reply of which
these words form part. Her argument is that none of the three
goddesses who contended for the prize of beauty on Mt. Ida would
have been such fools as to allow Argos and Athens to become subject to Troy as the result of the
contest, which was merely a prank.
in this passage the poet has first seized upon the weakest argument.
So much concerning proofs. In regard to moral
character, since sometimes, in speaking of ourselves, we render ourselves liable
to envy, to the charge of prolixity, or contradiction, or, when speaking of
another, we may be accused of abuse or boorishness, we must make another speak
in our place, as Isocrates does in the Phili