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[49] And, furthermore, this too is evident, that philosophy1, which is already in mortal jeopardy and is hated, will be detested even more because of such discourses.

If, then, you will listen to me, you will preferably not deal in future with such base subjects, but if that cannot be, you will seek to speak of such things as will neither injure your own reputation, nor corrupt your imitators, nor bring the teaching of rhetoric into disrepute.

1 By “philosophy” Isocrates means τὴν περὶ τοὺς λόγους παίδευσιν of §49, fin.—the training in, and cultivation of, the art of discourse.

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