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‘Having discussed and settled the preceding subject we have next to describe the sources of lively, pointed, sprightly, witty, facetious, clever, and popular (εὐδοκιμοῦντα) sayings. Now to make them is the result either of natural ability (cleverness) or of long practice (exercise); the exhibition (or explanation) of them is the province of this study (or treatise)’. εὐφυής, note on I 6.15. The Rhet. ad Alex. c. 22 (23) treats of ἀστεῖον in style, apparently with much the same meaning as that of Aristotle. See the analysis of the chap. in Introd. p. 434. Brevity is at all events an element of τὸ ἀστεῖον. Aristotle's τὸ ἀστεῖον seems to correspond to Campbell's ‘vivacity’ of style, which is treated in the first three chapters of his third book.

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