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[314d] the same statement about Lycophron1 also and the others you have with you, that, as respects dialectic, you are far superior to them all both in natural intelligence and in argumentative ability; and I maintain that if any of them is beaten in argument, this defeat is not voluntary, as some imagine, but involuntary. All the same, it appears that you treat them with the greatest consideration and make them presents. So much, then, about these men; too much, indeed, about such as they!

As for Philistion,2 if you are making use of him yourself by all means do so;

1 A contemporary Sophist.

2 A physician at the court of Dionysius.

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