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[196d] ““not even the God of War withstands””1 him; for we hear, not of Love caught by Ares, but of Ares caught by Love—of Aphrodite. The captor is stronger than the caught; and as he controls what is braver than any other, he must be bravest of all. So much for justice and temperance and valor in the god: it remains to speak of skill; and here I must try my best to be adequate. First, if I in turn may dignify our craft as Eryximachus did his,


1 Soph. Thyest. Fr. 235“Necessity, whom not the God of War withstands.”

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