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[49] Who can narrate more briefly than the hero1 who brings the news of Patroclus' death, or more vividly than he2 who describes the battle between the Curetes and the Aetolians? Then consider his [p. 31] similes, his amplifications, his illustrations, digressions, indications of fact, inferences, and all the other methods of proof and refutation which he employs. They are so numerous that the majority of writers on the principles of rhetoric have gone to his works for examples of all these things.

1 Antilochus, Il. xviii. 18.

2 Phoenix, Il. ix. 529.

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