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[24] The reader must not, however, jump to the conclusion that all that was uttered by the best authors is necessarily perfect. At times they lapse and stagger beneath the weight of their task, indulge their bent or relax their efforts. Sometimes, again, they give the impression of weariness: for example, Cicero1 thinks that Demosthenes sometimes nods, and Horace2 says the same of Homer himself.

1 In a lost letter: cp. Plut. Cic. 24.

2 A. P. 359.

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