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[605d] imitating one of the heroes who is in grief,1 and is delivering a long tirade in his lamentations or chanting and beating his breast, feel pleasure,2 and abandon ourselves and accompany the representation with sympathy and eagerness,3 and we praise as an excellent poet the one who most strongly affects us in this way.” “I do know it, of course.” “But when in our own lives some affliction comes to us, you are also aware that we plume ourselves upon the opposite, on our ability to remain calm and endure,

1 For ἐν πένθει cf. Soph.El. 290, 846, Herod. i. 46.

2 Cf. Phileb. 48 A.

3 See the description in Ion 535 E, and Laws 800 D.

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