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I am fully aware that what I propose to do is difficult—to eulogize in prose the virtues of a man. The best proof is this: Those who devote themselves to philosophy1 venture to speak on many subjects of every kind, but no one of them has ever attempted to compose a discourse on such a theme.2 And I can make much allowance for them. For to the poets is granted the use of many embellishments of language,

1 Really oratory and rhetoric: for the meaning of “philosophy” in Isocrates see the General Introd., Vol. I, p. xxvi.

2 Prose encomia existed before this time, but they were mostly exercises on mythical subjects written by Sophists.

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