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[53] On the other hand, Antimachus1 deserves praise for the vigour, dignity and elevation of his language. But although practically all teachers of literature rank him second among epic poets, he is deficient in emotional power, charm, and arrangement of matter, and totally devoid of real art. No better example can be found to show what a vast difference there is to being near another writer and being second to him.

1 Antimachus of Colophon (flor. circ. 405 B.C.), author of a Thebaid.

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