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[4] Even the lisp that he had became his speech, they say, and made his talk persuasive and full of charm. Aristophanes notices this lisp of his in the verses wherein he ridicules Theorus:— ‘

Then Alcibiades said to me with a lisp, said he,
‘Cwemahk Theocwus? What a cwaven's head he has!’

That lisp of Alcibiades hit the mark for once!
1 And Archippus, ridiculing the son of Alcibiades, says:

He walks with utter wantonness, trailing his long robe behind him, that he may be thought the very picture of his father, yes, He slants his neck awry, and overworks the lisp.

1 Wasps, 44 ff. The ‘lisp’ of Alcibiades turned his r's into l's, and the play is on the Greek words κόραξ, ‘raven’, and κόλαξ, ‘flatterer’ or ‘craven’.

2 Kock, Com. Att. Frag., i. p. 688

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