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[177] And yet I would rather lay down my life this day—for you shall have the truth even though the words be inept1—after having spoken adequately upon this theme and persuaded you to look upon the study of eloquence in its true light, than live many times my allotted span and see it continue to fare among you as it now does.

1 So Socrates (Plat. Apol. 32d) tones down an assertion which might otherwise have sounded over-heroic.

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