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‘(A second topic for an epideictic prooemium) is derived from advice (the deliberative branch); for instance “men are bound to pay honour to the good”, and therefore he, the speaker, himself is going to praise Aristides’ (αὐτός is obliqua oratio: the directa oratio would have been ἐγώ: it is a sort of semi-quotation: where it comes from no one seems to know); ‘or, to all such as though not distinguished are yet not bad, only their merits are buried in obscurity, as Alexander (Paris), Priam's son. For one who speaks thus offers advice’. The encomium Alexandri here referred is doubtless the same as that which has been already mentioned in II 23. 5, 8, 12 and II 27. 7, 9; the author is unknown.

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