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[59] But until we have acquired that assured facility of which I spoke,1 we must familiarise ourselves with the best writers only and must form our minds and develop an appropriate tone by reading that is deep rather than wide. Consequently, of the three writers of iambics2 approved by the judgment of Aristarchus, Archilochus will be far the most useful for the formation of the facility in question.

1 x. i. 1.

2 i.e. invective. The other two writers are Simonides of Amorgos and Hipponax of Ephesus. Archilochus (fl. 686 B.C.).

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