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[80] I do not regard these as the sole merits of the orators of whom I have spoken, but have selected what seemed to me their chief excellences, while those whom I have passed over in silence were far from being indifferent. In fact, I will readily admit that the [p. 47] famous Demetrius of Phalerum,1 who is said to have been the first to set oratory on the downward path, was a man of great talent and eloquence and deserves to be remembered, if only for the fact that he is almost the last of the Attic school who can be called an orator: indeed Cicero2 prefers him to all other orators of the intermediate school.

1 Governed Athens as Cassander's vicegerent 317–307: then tied to Egypt, where he died in 283.

2 de Or. ii. 95. Orat. 92. The “intermediate” style is that which lies between the “grand” and the “plain” styles.

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