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[16] for they show vehemence. Wherefore those who are in a passion most frequently make use of them: “ Not even were he to offer me gifts as many in number as the sand and dust. . . but a daughter of Agamemnon, son of Atreus, I will not wed, not even if she rivalled golden Aphrodite in beauty, or Athene in accomplishments.1

(Attic orators are especially fond of hyperbole.2) Wherefore3 it is unbecoming for elderly people to make use of them.

1 Hom. Il. 9.385.

2 This must be taken as a parenthetical remark, if it is Aristotle's at all.

3 Because they are boyish.

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