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1 For his own precept, see the frag. of his τέχνη (Sauppe II. 225)— ‘vowels must not come together’ (δεῖ τὰ φωνήεντα μὴ συμπίπτειν), ‘for the effect is lame,’ χωλὸν γὰρ τὸ τοιόνδε. Benseler, in his work De Hiatu in Oratoribus Atticis et Historicis Graecis, has applied this test to the whole extant text of Isokrates (Bk. I. Ch. 1).
2 De Comp. Verb. c. 23 (where he analyses §§ 1—5). Benseler examines this statement (pp. 7—9). Among the more striking instances of hiatus in our text of the Areopagitikos are ὑμᾶς γε ᾤοντο, § 57: —ὥστε οὔτε, § 80.
3 Demetrios περὶ ἑρμηνειας § 68: who adds, in § 72, that such clashing, σύγκρουσις, suits the μεγαλοπρεπὴς χαρακτήρ. Dionysios (Dem. c. 4), Quintilian (IX. 4 § 35) and Hermogenes (περὶ ἰδ. ά c. 12) agree with Demetrios in thinking the solicitude of Isokrates in this matter excessive: while Plutarch, with a somewhat frigid sarcasm, asks how Isokrates, ὁ φοβούμενος φωνῆεν φωνήεντι συγκροῦσαι—could help shrinking from the Macedonian phalanx? (Deglor. Athen. c. 8, Mor. p. 350 E.) On the other hand, Longinus praises him for avoiding harsh collocations ‘which make the texture of the speech rougher and do not slide into the ear, but offend it, while they also arrest the speaker's breath’ (Rhet. § 9, p. 560 in Speng. Rh. Gr. I. 306).
4 See Schäfer, Demosth. Vol. III. p. 317 note 2.
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