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[2] And yet from his considerate treatment of Cicero and Brutus and thousands more who had fought against him, it is inferred that even this treatise was not composed out of hatred, but from political ambition, for reasons which follow. Cicero had written an encomium on Cato which he entitled ‘Cato’; and the discourse was eagerly read by many, as was natural, since it was composed by the ablest of orators on the noblest of themes.

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