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[58] There is another threefold division, whereby, it is held, we may differentiate three styles of speaking, all of them correct. The first is termed the plain1 (or ἰσχνόν), the second grand and forcible (or ἁδρόν), and the third either intermediate or florid, the latter being a translation of ἀνθηρόν.

1 subtilis (lit. = finely woven) applied to style has three meanings: (a) refined, (b) precise, (c) plain. See Sandys on Cic. Or. vi. 20.

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