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ἰδιῶται ‘Many of those who have studied this art [of ‘political discourse’] have remained private persons, while others, who have never attended the lectures of any professor, have proved themselves powerful orators and statesmen’: ἰδιῶται, with an allusion to the case of Isocr. himself, who, as he tells us, was hindered by want of nerve and weakness of voice (τόλμα — φωνή, Panath. § 10) from entering public life. See Attic Orators, II. 5. τοῖς περὶ τὰς ἐμπ. γεγ.] ‘those who have passed the ordeals of experience’ — in the Ecclesia and the law-courts.
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