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τὸ αὐτοφυὲς τοῦ ἐπικτήτου] ‘native superior to acquired talents and advantages (of person, mind or character), because they are harder to come by’; nature being rather chary of such gifts, and the acquisition of them comparatively easy. Top. Γ 1, 116 b 10, καὶ τὸ φύσει τοῦ μὴ φύσει, οἷον δικαιοσύνη τοῦ δικαίου: τὸ μὲν γὰρ φύσει τὸ δ᾽ ἐπίκτητον. This topic has a wider scope than the rhetorical, and again, c. 4, 119 a 7—10. Comp. Pind. Ol. IX 152, τὸ δὲ φυᾷ κράτιστον ἅπαν. II 155, σοφὸς πολλὰ εἰδὼς φυᾷ: μαθόντες δὲ λαβροὶ παγγλωσσίᾳ ἄκραντα γαρύεμεν Διὸς πρὸς ὄρνιχα θεῖον. Nem. III 69, συγγενεῖ δέ τις ἀρετᾷ μέγα βρίθει: ὃς δὲ διδάκτ᾽ ἔχει ψεφηνὸς ἀνήρ. Specie autem comparantur ut anteponantur quae propter se expetenda sunt iis quae propter aliud: ut innata atque insita assumptis et adventitiis et seq. Cic. Topic. XVIII 69.

ποιητής] Homer. Odys. χ́ (XXII) 347.

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