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2 Ἰσαῖον ἀναλαβὼν εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν τετραετῆ χρόνον αὑτὸν διεπόνησε, μιμούμενος αὐτοῦ τοὐς λόγους: [Plut.] vit. Dem. The same author represents these studies with Isaeos as having begun while Demosthenes was yet a minor and living in his mother's house; and so Plutarch, vit. Demosth. c. 5: Libanios vit. Dem. p. 3 (Reiske): Suidas s v. Δημοσθένης, &c. Schäfer (Dem. I. 257) would date the relation only from 366. It was only after attaining his majority and receiving the guardians' account that Demosth. could have resolved on the law-suit.
3 [Plut.] vit. Isae.: Phot. cod. 263. Curtius adopts the tradition (V. 221, Ward). Schäfer suggests that it may have arisen from Demosthenes having made some present to Isaeos on winning the cause against Aphobos (Dem. I. 257).
4 Curtius V. 220 (Ward).
5 Plut. vit. Dem. [not the pseudoPlutarch in the lives of the X. Orators] c. 5.
6 Plutarch, no doubt, mentions τοὺς Ἰσοκράτεις καὶ Ἀντιφῶντας καὶ Ἰσαίους among τοὺς ἐν ταῖς σχολαῖς τὰ μειράκια προδιδάσκοντας (de glor. Athen. p. 350 C): but this is vague; and need mean no more than that he knew an Art of Rhetoric (see ch. XXI. ad init.) to be extant under the name of Isaeos.
8 The enemy—Pythcas, as Dionys. Isae. c. 4 conjectures—who reproached Demosthenes with having ‘swallowed Isaeos bodily’ (τὸν Ἰσαῖον ὅλον σεσίτισται) paid a bad compliment to the discernment of his audience.
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