Epideictic speeches should be varied with
laudatory episodes, after the manner of Isocrates, who is always bringing
somebody in. This is what Gorgias meant when he said that he was never at a loss
for something to say; for, if he is speaking of Peleus, he praises Achilles,
then Aeacus, then the god; similarly courage, which does this and that,1 or is of such a
1 He enumerates all the deeds that proceed from
courage. Another reading is ἢτὰκαὶτά, ποιεῖὃτοιόνδεἐστίν, i.e. when praising courage, and this or
that, he is employing a method of the kind mentioned.
Aristotle in 23 Volumes, Vol. 22, translated by J. H. Freese. Aristotle. Cambridge and London. Harvard University Press; William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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