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‘A remedy for every excess (exaggeration in style) is the notorious practice of speakers: a speaker, that is, should pronounce censure on himself beforehand (in anticipation of the possible disapprobation of the audience): for (then, the exaggeration) is thought to be sound and right since the speaker himself is quite aware of what he is doing’.

τὸ θρυλούμενον] See note on II 21. 11.

The reading of all MSS is προσεπιπλήττει, which the staunch Bekker and Spengel, the consistent adherent of A or A^{c}, both retain. Nevertheless, the emendation προεπιπλήττει makes excellent sense, and its rival is decidedly inferior; and a passage of Quintilian, VIII 3. 37, which seems to have been copied from this of Aristotle and repeats his words, has (in the Greek words) προεπιπλήσσειν τῇ ὑπερβολῇ, and a little above, praemuniendum, which also seems to be a reminiscence of προεπιπλήττειν; Spalding (ad loc. Quint.) and Gesner approve, and Casaubon had already suggested this emendation, and Stephens introduced it in his Lexicon. Supported by this evidence, and the common-sense view of the case, I venture to read προεπιπλήττειν. The passage of Quintilian above referred to runs thus:—Et si quid periculosius finxisse videbimur, quibusdam remediis praemuniendum est, ut ita dicam; si licet dicere; quodam modo; permittite mihi sic uti. Quod idem etiam in iis quae licentius translata erunt proderit, quae non tuto dici possunt. In quo non falli iudicium nostrum solicitudine ipsa manifestum est. Qua de re Graecum illud elegantissimum est, quo praecipitur, προεπιπλήσσειν (sic) τῇ ὑπερβολῇ. And again § 50, sed hoc quoque quum a prudentibus fit (ἐπεὶ οὐ λανθάνει γε ποιεῖ), of another doubtful use of μείωσις. If we keep προσεπιπλήττειν, it is “to add something in the way of reprehension of oneself”—so Vater;—which certainly gives a fair sense.

ἀληθές is similarly used for ‘sound, substantial, genuine’, infra 11. 10; comp. also Hor. Ep. 17. 98, Metiri se quemque suo modulo et pede verum est. Ib. Ep. I 12. 23. Liv. II 48, III 40.

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