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[62] The greatness of the genius of Stesichorus1 is shown by his choice of subject: for he sings of the greatest wars and the most glorious of chieftains, and the music of his lyre is equal to the weighty themes of epic poetry. For both in speech and action he invests his characters with the dignity which is their due, and if he had only been capable of exercising a little more restraint, he might, perhaps, have proved a serious rival to Homer. But he is redundant and diffuse, a fault which, while deserving of censure, is nevertheless a defect springing from the very fullness of his genius.

1 Stesichorus of Himera in Sicily (flor. circ. 600 B.C.), wrote in lyric verse on many legends, more especially on themes connected with the Trojan war.

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