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[191b] and he glorifies Aeneas himself for this very knowledge of fright, calling him ““prompter of fright.””Hom. Il. 8.107-1081

And very properly too, Socrates; for he was speaking of chariots; and so are you speaking of the mode of the Scythian horsemen. That is the way of cavalry fighting but with men-at-arms it is as I state it.2

Except, perhaps, Laches, in the case of the Spartans.

1 Socrates pretends to take the hero's epithet “prompter of fright” (in the enemy) as meaning that he prompted fright in himself and his side, and so know all about the feeling.

2 i.e., they stand fast at their posts in the ranks (above, 191 A).

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