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In regard to interrogation, its employment is especially opportune,
when the opponent has already stated the opposite, so that the addition of a question makes the result an absurdity1; as, for instance, when Pericles interrogated Lampon about initiation into the sacred rites of the savior goddess. On Lampon replying that it was not possible for one who was not initiated to be told about them, Pericles asked him if he himself was acquainted with the rites, and when he said yes, Pericles further asked, “How can that be, seeing that you are uninitiated?”

1 The words ὅταν . . . have been variously translated: (1) when one of the two alternatives has already been stated; (2) when the opponent has stated what is different from the fact; (3) when the opponent has already conceded so much, “made one admission” (Jebb).

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