y are generically alike.
Calvus is the more terse, Asinius has the finer rhythm, Cæsar greater
brilliancy, Caelius is the more caustic, Brutus the more earnest, Cicero the
more impassioned, the richer and more forcible. Still about them all there
is the same healthy tone of eloquence. Take into your hand the works of all
alikd certainly there are some passages in their
letters which show mutual ill-will), still this is the failing, not of the
orator, but of the man. Calvus, Asinius, Cicero himself, I presume, were apt
to be envious and ill-natured, and to have the other faults of human
infirmity. Brutus alone of the number in my opinion laid open the
convictions of his heart frankly and ingenuously, without ill-will or envy.
Is it possible that he envied Cicero, when he seems not to have envied even
Cæsar? As to Servius Galba, and Caius Laelius, and others of the
ancients whom Aper has persistently assailed, he must not expect me to
defend them, for I admit that their