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[811a] and large learners, who learn off whole poets by heart. Others there are who compile select summaries of all the poets, and piece together whole passages, telling us that a boy must commit these to memory and learn them off if we are to have him turn out good and wise as a result of a wide and varied range of instruction.1 Would you have me now state frankly to these poets what is wrong about their declarations and what right?

Of course.

What single statement can I make about all these people

1 Cp. Heraclitus's saying (Frag. 16):πολυμαθίη νόον οὐ διδάσκει; and the contempt shown for the versatile smatterer inPhaedrus275 A (πολυήκοοι . . . δοξόσοφοι γεγονότες ἀντὶ σοφῶι).

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