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‘Next to the subjects already discussed’ (the ἔντεχνοι πίστεις, the logical or dialectical proofs of Rhetoric and their topics in cc. 4—14), ‘we have to run over (give a hasty sketch, or summary cf) what are called the unartistic proofs, or modes of persuasion, because’ (γάρ, this is the appropriate place for them, because we have just been engaged upon the forensic branch of Rhetoric, and ‘these are peculiar to law proceedings (or forensic practice)’. On the treatment of these ἄτεχνοι πίστεις by other writers on the subject see Introd. 205—207.

περὶ δὲ τῶν ἀτέχνων...ἐπιδραμεῖν] See note on I 9. 14; on the redundant use of περί, ὑπέρ, &c.

ἐχόμενον] with genit, partitive, ‘holding, hanging, on by (lit. to a part of,)’, ‘clinging to’, ‘connected with’, ‘in succession to’, ‘following’. Very frequent in Herodotus.

ἐπιδραμεῖν] ‘to run over’, commonly in its literal signification takes the accusative, sometimes the dative. Here we may suppose that περὶ τῶν ἀτέχνων καλουμένων πίστεων is substituted for the accusative: as it is also in pseudo-Demosth. περὶ τῶν πρὸς Ἀλέξανδρον συνθηκῶν, 217. 7, μικρὰ ἐπιδραμοῦμαι περὶ αὐτῶν πολλῶν ὄντων. This passage and Xen. Oecon. XV I are the only two instances that are given by the Lexicons of the metaphorical sense in which it occurs here. [Cf., however, Pol. III 15, 1286 a 7, θεωρῆσαι καὶ τὰς ἀπορίας ἐπιδραμεῖν τὰς ἐνούσας, Index Aristotelicus. S.] Compare a similar use of ἐπελθεῖν of ‘pursuing an inquiry’ or ‘going over, reviewing, a subject’. Pol. I 13, 1260 b 12, ἐν τοῖς περὶ τὰς πολιτείας ἀναγκαῖον ἐπελθεῖν. Ib. VI (IV) 2, ult. πειρατέον ἐπελθεῖν τίνες φθοραί κ.τ.λ. et passim.

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