Aristotle, Art of Rhetoric

LCL 193: 164-165

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ARISTOTLE

μὴ ἐμμένων οἷς ὤμοσεν· διὰ γὰρ τοῦτο καὶ τοῖς νόμοις χρῶνται ὀμόσαντες. καὶ “ὑμᾶς μὲν ἀξιοῦσιν ἐμμένειν οἷς ὀμόσαντες δικάζετε, αὐτοὶ δ᾿ οὐκ ἐμμένουσιν.” καὶ ὅσα ἂν ἄλλα αὔξων τις εἴπειεν. περὶ μὲν οὖν τῶν ἀτέχνων πίστεων εἰρήσθω τοσαῦτα.

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RHETORIC I

what he has sworn subverts everything, for this is the reason why the jurors take an oath before applying the laws.

“They demand that you abide by your oath as judges, while they themselves do not abide by theirs.” Further, whatever else one might say by way of exaggeration. Let this suffice for the means of persuasion that do not belong to the art.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristotle-art_rhetoric.2020