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‘As to Interrogation, you may opportunely resort to it, when your opponent has said the opposite, so that as soon as one more question is put to him, a contradictory result ensues’, i.e. the result is a reductio ad absurdum.

This Topic is exemplified by Pericles' retort to Lampon, the soothsayer, who is mentioned in Arist. Av. 521, Λάμπων δ᾽ ὄμνυς᾿ ἔτι καὶ νυνὶ τὸν χῆν̓ ὅταν ἐξαπατᾷ τι, and Plut. Pericles c. VI, Λάμπωνα τὸν μάντιν. On τελετή, see note on II 24. 2.

The fragment περὶ ἐρωτήσεως (as Spengel points out), besides having ἤρετο and ἀνήρετο instead of ἐπήρετο and ἤρετο respectively, closes with the paraphrase συμφήσαντος δὲ τοῦ Λάμπωνος, καὶ πῶς εἶπεν ἀτέλεστος ὤν.

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