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[137] But the latter, you see, found their poets and historians, while the others secured no one to hymn their praises.1 Therefore, if you will only heed me and be sensible, you will not despise these men whom the multitude are wont to believe, not only with reference to each one of their fellow-citizens, but also with reference to the affairs of the whole state, but you will in some measure show attention and pay court to them in order that you may be held in honor both because of your own deeds and because of their words.”

1 This recalls the poetic commonplace on the immortality lent by literature, for example in the familiar lines of Horace (Hor. Odes 4.9.25-28): vixere fortes ante Agamemnona/ multi; sed omnes inlacrimabiles/ urgentur ignotique longa/ nocte, carent quia vate sacro.

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