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Isaeos and Lysias— Summary.

In diction, Isaeos has, then, like Lysias, purity, conciseness, clearness, simplicity and vividness; in composition, while still aiming at ‘plainness,’ he uses, on the whole, a more open and more vigorous art, and has, if not less ethical power, less of ethical charm; he abstains, like Lysias, from the more elaborate figures of language, but uses far more largely the figures of thought: in regard to subject-matter, his arrangement is not, like that of Lysias, uniform, but varies with each case, and is especially marked by the frequent interfusion of proof with narrative, and by the completeness with which the proof is worked out.

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