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Letter CCCLIV.

Libanius to Basil.

Now I recognise men’s description of me!  Basil has praised me, and I am hailed victor over all!  Now that I have received your vote, I am entitled to walk with the proud gait of a man who haughtily looks down on all the world.  You have composed an oration against drunkenness.  I should like to read it.  But I am unwilling to try to say anything clever.  When I have seen your speech it will teach me the art of expressing myself.

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