The Greeks Sought for Contention not Truth

Augustine refers to Cicero on the subject of Greek philosophers in the City of God:

But, as Cicero says, mere logomachy is the bane of these pitiful Greeks, who thirst for contention rather than for truth.

He is referring to De Oratore, where Cicero writes:

…what impressed me most deeply about Plato in that book was, that it was when making fun of orators that he himself seemed to me to be the consummate orator. In fact controversy about a  word has long tormented those Greeklings, fonder as they are of argument than of truth…

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