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[4] This view is derived from Isocrates, if indeed the treatise on [p. 303] rhetoric1 which circulates under his name is really from his hand. He, although far from agreeing with those whose aim is to disparage the duties of an orator, somewhat rashly defined rhetoric as πειθοῦς δημιουργός, the “worker of persuasion”: for I cannot bring myself to use the peculiar derivative which Ennius2 applies to Marcus Cethegus in the phrase suadae medulla, the “marrow of persuasion.”

1 This treatise is lost. It may have been the work of the younger Isocrates.

2 Ann. ix. 309 (Vahlen). The derivative to which he objects is the rare word suada.

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