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nec mihi . . . isti. As Ajax is thinking now only of his own inferiority and the superiority of Ulysses in the department of oratory, the clause nec facere est isti serves only to measure and emphasise the contrast, and would in English be subordinated. Cf. Hor. c. I. vi. 5,nos, Agrippa, neque haec dicere, nec gravem Pelidae stomachum cedere nescii . . . . conamur”, ib. III. v. 27,neque amissos colores lana refert medicata fuco, nec vera virtus, cum semel excidit, curat reponi deterioribus”, where Wickham cites the similar use of “οὔτε . . . οὔτε,Aesch. Cho. 258-61. The contrast between skill in speech or counsel and personal prowess is a very common one. Cf. IX. 29-30, Virg. Aen. X. 338, Liv. X. xix. 8, Hom. Il. XVIII. 252,ἀλλ᾽ μὲν ἂρ μύθοισιν δ᾽ ἔγχεϊ πολλὸν ἐνίκα”.

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    • Aeschylus, Libation Bearers, 258
    • Homer, Iliad, 18.252
    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 9.29
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 10.338
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 10, 19.8
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