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  • Print publication year: 2009
  • Online publication date: January 2010

12 - Declamation 11 [XL]:

from II - CHORICIUS, DECLAMATIONS

Summary

[THEME]

<There is a law that a war-hero be memorialized in a painting with the clothing he wore. A general who put on a woman's clothing and defeated his enemies during the night asked that he not be memorialized, even though the other general – the one who had already been defeated by them – speaks in opposition. Let us take on the role of the war-hero. >

<DECLAMATION>

[1] When they are defeated, freedom of speech usually leaves men…

[2] The whole world is a likeness of illustrious men…

[3] Without good planning, power is not naturally of any help; but good judgment, even if it is not accompanied by might, often contrives many things…

[4] Just as those bearing the heaviest loads are released from their burdens somehow by singing whatever comes to them, so even for those sick from envy argument and counterargument offer a brief comfort…

[5] <If someone asked him what> the aim of the law was that ordained that a war-hero be memorialized with the clothing he wore, he would have answered that a person is glad to see himself presented in the way he became famous. And suppose he asked him again: “If anyone were to turn aside such a commemorative painting – whether for putting on women's clothing or for some other reason – since it seemed best to him not to be memorialized, do you set down in the law that this man take the prize against his will?

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