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[11] When Isocrates, the prince of instructors, whose works proclaim his eloquence no less than his pupils testify to his excellence as a [p. 269] teacher, gave his opinion of Ephorus and Theopompus to the effect that the former needed the spur and the latter the curb, what was his meaning? Surely not that the sluggish temperament of the one and the headlong ardour of the other alike required modification by instruction, but rather that each would gain from an admixture of the qualities of the other.

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