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‘But in doing this (in acquiring the requisite information on the facts of the case, and the character and history of the person) it makes no difference whether our subject be Athenians or Lacedaemonians, man or god; for whether we advise Achilles’ (for any individual), ‘or praise or censure, or accuse or defend him, we must alike make ourselves acquainted with all that belongs, or is thought to belong to him, in order that from this we may have to state whatever belongs to him and to his interests, whether fair or foul (noble or base, right or wrong), in praise and censure; just or unjust, in accusation and defence; and in advising’ (advice or counsel includes ἀποτρέπειν as well as προτρέπειν) ‘expedient or injurious’.

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