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[2] I, at any rate,—so help me Heaven—after it occurred to me to reflect upon our present problems, began to hit upon themes, and no end of them, to which you would have listened not without pleasure. For instance, on the theme “You are the most just of the Greeks,” I observed and now observe many changes to ring, and again, “You are born of the noblest ancestors,” and many such topics.1 Yet these themes, though affording pleasure so long as they are being aired, after that vanish away;

1 These were stock topics of funeral speeches: see Dem. 60 and the Introduction to the same

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