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[269a]

Socrates
So Sophocles would say that the man exhibited the preliminaries of tragedy, not tragedy itself, and Acumenus that he knew the preliminaries of medicine, not medicine itself.

Phaedrus
Exactly so.

Socrates
Well then, if the mellifluous Adrastus1 or Pericles heard of the excellent accomplishments which we just enumerated, brachylogies and figurative speech and all the other things we said we must bringto the light and examine,


1οὐδ᾽ εἰ Τανταλίδεω Πέλοπος βασιλεύτερος εἴη γλῶσσαν δ᾽ Ἀδρήστου μειλιχόγηρυν ἔχοι, “not even if he were more kingly than Pelops and had the mellifluous tongue of Adrastus.”
” Perhaps the orator Antiphon is referred to under the name of Adstratus, cf. chapter xliii. above.

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