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[28] Another topic consists in making use of errors committed, for purposes of accusation or defence. For instance, in the Medea of Carcinus,1 some accuse Medea of having killed her children,—at any rate, they had disappeared; for she had made the mistake of sending them out of the way. Medea herself pleads that she would have slain, not her children, but her husband Jason; for it would have been a mistake on her part not to have done this, if she had done the other. This topic and kind of enthymeme is the subject of the whole of the first “Art” of Theodorus.2

1 Tragic poet, contemporary of Aristophanes (T.G.F. p. 798).

2 An early edition, afterwards enlarged. It must have contained something more than the topic of “errors” to be of any use.

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