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[7] Again, one should only mention such past things as are likely to excite pity or indignation if described as actually happening; for instance, the story of Alcinous, because in the presence of Penelope it is reduced to sixty lines,1 and the way in which Phayllus dealt with the epic cycle,2 and the prologue to the Oeneus.3

1 Hom. Od. 23.264-284, Hom. Od. 23.310-343. The title referred to the narrative in Books 9-12. It became proverbial for a long-winded story.

2 he apparently summarized it.

3 Of Euripides. It was apparently very compact.

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