e says here is
that Epimenides practised a different kind of divination, relating to the
obscure phenomena of the past. The following is an instance. After the
followers of Cylon, who tried to make himself tyrant of Athens （c. 632） had
been put to death by the Alcmaeonid archon Megacles, in violation of the
terms of surrender, a curse rested upon the city and it was devastated by a
pestilence. On the advice of the oracle, Epimenides was summoned from
Crete, and by certain rites and
sacrifices purified the city and put a stop to the pestilence.
Further, the law is the subject in forensic speaking; and when one has a
starting-point, it is easier to find a demonstrative proof. Deliberative
speaking does not allow many opportunities for lingering—for instance,
attacks on the adversary, remarks about oneself, or attempts to arouse emotion.
In this branch of Rhetoric there is less room for these than in any other,