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[2] He, confidently hoping to excel Thucydides in skill, and to make Philistus seem altogether tedious and clumsy, pushes his history along through the conflicts and sea-fights and harangues which those writers had already handled with the greatest success, showing himself, in rivalry with them, not even so much as
By Lydian car a footman slowly plodding,
to use Pindar's comparison,1 nay rather a perfect example of senile learning and youthful conceit, and, in the words of Diphilus,
Obese, stuffed to the full with Sicilian grease.
2

1 One of the Fragmenta Incerta (Bergk, Poet. Lyr. Graeci, i(4). p. 450).

2 Kock, Com. Att. Frag. ii. p. 576.

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