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‘If you have proofs to produce, you may express yourself both in the ethical style, and in that of proof besides; but if you are at a loss for enthymemes, then in the ethical style alone. In fact, it better befits a man of worth to appear in his true character than that his speech be elaborately reasoned’. The change of subject in the last clause would have been more sharply marked by αὐτὸν φαίνεσθαι χρηστὸν τὸν λόγον ἀκριβῆ. Spengel asks with some reason, “nonne nexus flagitat χρηστὸν τὸν λόγον φαίνεσθαι ἀκριβῆ? magis enim convenit probo viro, ut ἠθικῶς quam ut ἐπιδεικτικῶς loquatur.”

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