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exire atque . . . emanare, i.e. will not be reported so far by word of mouth, and so be liable to be exaggerated and misrepresented. Note the slightness of antithesis between this and multo plura . . . dixisse putaretur, which words would rather lead on to the thought, but my words will not be taken for more than they are worth.

concedi . . . ignosci, synonymous terms used for variety; cf. § 10 sub fin., praebeas . . . impertias.

vel occultum esse differs only verbally from exire atque emanare above; but here there is a distinct antithesis with neque obscurum potest esse.

ad rem publicam accessi. Cicero did not enter on the quaestorship until five years later.

ignoscendi ratio, pardoning; a periphrasis for the nonexistent verbal subst. of ignoscere. Nägelsbach, Lat. Stil. § 27, quotes ad Q. Fr. 1 .1.18, praecipiendi rationem = teaching, theorising, with other instances.

cognoscendi. Cognoscere is the technical term for inquiry into a crime; a process which had been abandoned for the summary procedure of the proscriptions. For the paronomasia, cf. Ter. Heaut. 2.1.5, Mihi si umquam filius erit, ne ille facili me utetur patre : Nam et cognoscendi et ignoscendi dabitur peccati locus: and in this speech, § 18, suspiciosum . . . perspicuum; § 42, confirmaret . . . infirmem; § 89, derogo . . . adrogo; § 135, videtis . . . invidetis; § 117, praediis . . . praemiis; § 112, offers . . . officio . . . officis . . . obstas. Landgraf quotes these among many instances of the Asianum genus dicendi, i.e. the artificial florid style, followed at first by Cicero before he studied under Melon in Rhodes.

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