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a Diomede, ‘and that by Diomede,’ the name being emphasised. Aristotle ( Rhet.II. xx. 23) mentions that in the Ajax of Theodectes Diomede was represented as choosing Ulysses for a very different reason, “οὐ τιμῶν, ἀλλ᾽ ἵνα ἥττων ἀκολουθῶν”.

nec . . . iubebat. The contrast with the case of Ajax (88, cf. XIV. 251) is brought out even more by iubebat than by sors; ‘my essay was not, like yours, compulsory.’

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