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[9] since it is sometimes drawn from irrelevant material, as for example in Isocrates' Praise of Helen,1 or from something akin to the subject, as for instance in the Panegyricus of the same author, when he complains that more honour is given to physical than to moral excellence, or as Gorgias in his speech delivered at the Olympic games praises the founders of the great national games. Sallust seems [p. 485] to have imitated these authors in his Jugurthine War and in the introduction to his Catiline, which has no connection with his narrative.

1 The speech opens with a disquisition on the absurd and trivial nature of much that is contained in the speeches of sophists and rhetoricians.

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