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Epilogue.

The epilogue in Isaeos is usually a brief recapitulation, often concluding with an appeal in which the judges are urged to remember their duty to the dead1, whose house must not be left without some one who can make offerings at the grave: or there is a prayer for indulgence2 on account of inexperience,— though this is sometimes, and more naturally, placed in the introduction3. The third speech ends no less abruptly than it opens—by the speaker calling on the clerk of the court to read a deposition; the eighth has the like ending, with this further peculiarity, that the testimony called is to a fact stated in the epilogue. A remark which applies to all the work of Isaeos applies especially to the epilogue; Isaeos represents the emotions more generically4 than Lysias,—that is, with less attention to a special or personal propriety.

1 e.g. Or. II. (Menekles) § 47: Or. IX. (Astyphilos) § 36.

2 e.g. Or. IX. § 35.

3 e.g. Or. X. (Aristarchos) § 1.

4 Dionys. Isae. 16, τὰ πάθη ποιεῖν γενικώτερον. It is easy and tempting to conjecture γεννικώτερον, ‘with more spirit.’ But the true meaning of γενικώτερον is shown by another passage in Dionysios —de Demosth. c. 39, where γενικὴ ἁρμονία is a manner of composition which does not stoop to petty neatnesses,—μὴ τὸ κομψὸν ἀλλὰ τὸ σεμνὸν ἐπιτηδεύουσα, as he elsewhere puts it (§ 37): and so γενικώτατοι χαρακτῆρες, ib. Ernesti (Lex. Tech.) is mistaken in rendering γενικὴν ἁρμονίαν by ‘characterem orationis naturalem.

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