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[12] of the individual himself will be based on his character, his physical endowments and external circumstances. Physical and accidental advantages provide a comparatively unimportant theme, which requires variety of treatment. At times for instance [p. 471] we extol beauty and strength in honorific terms, as Homer does in the case of Agamemnon1 and Achilles2; at times again weakness may contribute largely to our admiration, as when Homer says3 that Tydeus was small of stature but a good fighter.

1 Iliad, ii. 477.

2 Iliad, ii. 180.

3 Iliad, v. 801.

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