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οἷον Περικλῆς τὸν ἐπιτάφιον κ.τ.λ.] This celebrated simile does not occur, as is well known, in the funeral oration put into Pericles' mouth by Thucydides in his second book. Thucydides, who merely gives the general meaning of his speakers and never their actual words, may have omitted it intentionally, if Pericles really made use of it. But as Herodotus, VII 162, attributes nearly the same identical words to Gelo, it seems more probable that it was erroneously ascribed to the other; at all events it is quite clear that it could not have been original in his mouth. It appears, likewise, in a somewhat altered form, in Euripides (Suppl. 447, πῶς οὖν ἔτ᾽ ἂν γένοιτ̓ ἂν ἰσχυρὰ πόλις, ὅταν τις ὡς λειμῶνος ἠρινοῦ στάχυν τόλμας ἀφαιρῇ κἀπολωτίζῃ νέους), who no doubt might have borrowed it from Pericles; and it is ascribed to Demades by Athenaeus, III 99 D. It is repeated in Rhet. III 10. 7.
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