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1 The variation in the form of the expression suggests a similar variation in the form of the delivery or declamation.
2 The meaning of this has not been satisfactorily explained. On the face of it, it seems to mean that the excellence of Philemon's delivery consisted in his way of declaiming passages in which the same words were repeated. Philemon is not to be confused with the writer of the New Comedy, the rival and contemporary of Menander.
3 Used of a stiff, ungraceful speaker.
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