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Though he was ready and conversant with the Greek tongue, yet he did not use it everywhere; but chiefly he avoided it in the senate-house, insomuch that having occasion to employ the word monopolium (monopoly), he first begged pardon for being obliged to adopt a foreign word. And when, in a decree of the senate, the word ἔμβλημα (emblem) was read, he proposed to have it changed, and that a Latin word should be substituted in its room; or, if no proper one could be found, to express the thing by circumlocution. A soldier who was examined as a witness upon a trial, in Greek,1 he would not allow to reply, except in Latin.
1 It is suggested that the text should be amended, so that the sentence should read-"A Greek soldier;" for of what use could it have been to examine a man in Greek, and not allow him to give his replies in the same language?
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