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‘And it is this character of an epideictic speech (this necessary admixture of inference with statement of facts) that sometimes obliges the speaker not to relate everything seriatim (one after another, in continuous, uninterrupted order), because a proof of this kind (a long series of statements followed by a still longer series of proofs, which after the first two or three topics would be difficult to recollect in their proper connexion, so as to fit them together,) would be difficult to retain in the memory. From this set of topics he (the hero) is to be shewn to be brave, from the others to be wise or just, (and the proofs of these would get intermixed and confounded in the hearer's memory). And the speech by this arrangement of topics (οὗτος) is simpler; by the other it is made puzzling (prop. parti-coloured, and so by the variety, perplexing) and not smooth’ (i.e. plain and easy—like a smooth surface to walk or drive over).

λιτός] connected with λισσός and λεῖος. The metaphor is from a smooth and easily travelled road; like the road to vice, smooth and easy, λείη μὲν ὁδός, μάλα δ᾽ ἐγγύθι ναίει, in Hesiod's often-quoted lines, Op. et D. 287—292: and Euripides' style, in Archimelus' epigram, Anthol. II 64, λείη μὲν γὰρ ἰδεῖν καὶ ἐπίκροτος—“it seems indeed to the eye a smooth and well-beaten track”—εἰ δέ τις αὐτὴν εἰσβαίνει χαλεποῦ τρηχυτέρη σκόλοπος. It is applied frequently by Dionysius to style in the sense of ἁπλοῦς, εὐτελής (Hesych.). In de adm. vi dic. in Demosth. c. 2 init., the terms λιτὴ καὶ ἀφελής are applied to a style like that of Lysias, plain, smooth, simple, easy, opposed to the rough, rugged, contortions of that of Thucydides. In de vet. script. cens. c. 2 § II, it is opposed to ὑψηλός, ‘low or mean’, δ᾽ Εὐριπίδης οὔτε ὑψηλός ἐστιν οὔτε μὴν λίτος: de Thuc. Iud. c. 23, it is ‘simple and unadorned’, λέξιν λιτὴν καὶ ἀκόσμητον καὶ μηδὲν ἔχουσαν περιττόν: and in de adm. vi dic. in Demosth. c. 34, it is again opposed to ὑψηλός, ‘low’, τὴν λιτὴν καὶ ἰσχνὴν (thin, tenuis,) καὶ ἀπέριττον (without any striking points or features, ‘flat’).

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