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[4] However, those orations which were spoken off-hand by him had more courage and boldness than those which he wrote out, if we are to put any confidence in Eratosthenes, Demetrius the Phalerian, and the comic poets. Of these, Eratosthenes says that often in his speeches Demosthenes was like one frenzied, and the Phalerean says that once, as if under inspiration, he swore the famous metrical oath to the people:—
By earth, by springs, by rivers, and by streams.

1 Kock, Com. Att. Frag. ii. p. 128. From Plutarch's Morals, p. 845b, it is to be inferred rather that this was a verse of Antiphanes ridiculing the perceived manner of Demosthenes.

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