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[5] And the personage who is held up to ridicule by Eupolis, in his ‘Maricas,’1 fetches in a sort of lazy pauper, and says:—

“How long a time now since you were with Nicias?”

“I have not seen him,—saving just now on the Square.”

“The man admits he actually did see Nicias!
Yet what possessed him thus to see him if he was not treacherous?”

“Ye heard, ye heard, my comrades, O!
Our Nicias was taken in the very act!”

“What! you? O crazy-witted folk!
You catch a man so good in sin of any sort?”

1 A caricature of the demagogue Hyperbolus. Kock, Com. Att. Frag. i. p. 308.

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