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Brachiepia.

Brachiepia is a forme of speech, by which the matter is brieflie told with no more words then those that be necessaarie: or when the Orator by brevitie cutteth off the expectation of the hearers.

An example: Pompeius prepared for war in winter, began it in the spring, and furnished it in sommer.

Another: As he passed by, he tooke Lemnum: then he left a garison at Tharsus: after that he got a cittie in Bithinia, driven from thence into Hespontus, straight way wan Abidus. Cicero for Manlius: How speedilie Pompeius being Captain failed with vehemencie of war, who entred into Cilicia, spied out Africa from thence came with his Navie into Sardinia. The like brevitie Simo useth in Terence: The corps (saith he) goeth before, we follow after, we come to the grave, it is put into the fire, a lamentation is made.

The use of this figure.

Brevitie comprehended in few words maketh a quick dispatch of many thinges, wherefore it is to be used either when matters need no long speech, or when time requireth speed, or the hearers such as few wordes may instruct.

The Caution.

In coveting brevitie, it is necessarie to avoide extremitie, for too much hast leaveth the Oration manie times obscure and unperfect, as may be seene in their workes which did too much affect this forme whereby they fell into obscuritie.

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