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[70] Indeed, those critics are no fools who think the speeches attributed to Charisius1 were in reality written by Menander. But I consider that he shows his power as an orator far more clearly in his comedies; since assuredly we can find no more perfect models of every oratorical quality than the judicial pleadings of his Epitrepontes,2 Epicleros and Locri, or the declamatory speeches in the Psophodes, Nomothetes. and Hypobolimaeus.

1 A contemporary of Demosthenos; his speeches have not survived, but were considered to resemble those of Lysias.

2 The greater portion of the Epitrepontes has been recovered from a papyrus. The other plays are lost. The names may be translated: “The Arbitrators,” “The Heiress,” “The Locri,” “The Timid Man,” “The Lawgiver,” “The Changeling.”

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