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[49] for I am aware, of course, that many men have risen to eminence from humble and obscure estate through the practice of this art, and that Solon, both living and dead, was deemed worthy of the highest renown. He was not disqualified for the other honors1 but left behind him a memorial of his courage in the trophy of victory over the Megarians,

1 This statement hints at the long contested question, whether practical statesmanship could be combined with philosophical insight.

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