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[27] Now it is only rhetoric as practised in their own day that is condemned by Plato or Socrates, for he speaks of it as “the manner in which you engage in public affairs”1: rhetoric in itself he regards as a genuine and honourable thing, and consequently the controversy with Gorgias ends with the words, “The rhetorician therefore must be just and the just man desirous to do what is just.”2

1 500 c.

2 460 c.

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