By Arthur Sidgwick

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The portrayal of oneself as virtuous, as Aristotle recommends, will not arouse sympathy or admiration if the audience can merely dismiss it as so much 'empty' rhetoric. 81 As in life, so in drama, an audience comfortable with such techniques may be expected to evaluate speakers according to the use they make of them. I shall work on the assumption, then, that dianoia is expressive of ethos, and that we are entitled to approach the dramatic figures with a broad expectation of continuity and coherence of moral character.

Likeness to truth' is used as a criterion for plausibility in fiction (cf. Horn. Od. 203; Hes. Theog. \ Theogn. 713; Diss. Log. 10). Cf. also Heath n 6 n . 45 on the attitudes of the scholia towards ethos. Cf. Easterling, Presentation 7. Aeschylus' Persians is thus not an exception in quite the way that is sometimes assumed. I follow the usual interpretation ofrcjv yevofievajv ovofidrajv at 5 i b i s ( s e e Lucas ad loc). Cf. the use of o a>v Xoyos to mean 'what really happened' (Herod. 5; Ar.

48, Mem. 1-3; Hyp. 32; Onas. Strat. 24; Cic. Off. 15. Cf. also //. 33—5; Ar. Wealth 1028-30; Demos. 3; Men. Mon. 243 (Jakel). Cf. g. Hes. ; Pind. Pyth. 83-5; Isoc. 22; Xen. Anab. 1; Men. Mon. 649 (Jakel); Diog. Laert. 54. For the close association of the language of trust with friendship see Taillardat 4-8. Cf. also Vickers 224-6; Nussbaum 507 n. 21. Cf. also Herod. 2. According to Wheeler the intention was to preclude sophistic circumvention of the terms of the treaty. Theogn. , 115-28, 415^, 811-14, 857-60.

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