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[31] 10. Do you not observe in Homer how, time and again, Nestor proclaims his own merits? 1 For he, at that time, was looking on the third generation of men,2 yet he did not fear that, in speaking the truth about himself, he would appear to any great extent either odd or loquacious. For as Homer says, “Speech sweeter than honey flowed from his tongue”;3 and this sweetness had no need of [p. 41] physical strength; and yet the illustrious Grecian chief4 never prays for ten men like Ajax. but for ten like Nestor, and he doubts not that, if he had them, Troy would speedily be destroyed.

1 e.g. Iliad, i. 260; vii. 124; xi. 668.

2 Iliad, i. 247.

3 Iliad, i. 249.

4 i.e. Agamemnon, Iliad, ii. 371.

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