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‘It is plain too who the persons are, that are the objects of emulation: they are, namely, those who possess these and similar advantages. These are those already mentioned, such as courage, wisdom, power: the last class, men in power, are objects of emulation in virtue of their frequent opportunities of doing service, conferring benefits; examples are generals, orators, and all that have the like power or influence’. The power that orators have of doing service is exemplified in Crassus' eulogium on Rhetoric, Cic. de Orat. I 8. 32, (referred to by Victorius): Quid tam porro regium, tam liberale, tam munificum, quam opem ferre supplicibus, excitare afflictos, dare salutem, liberare periculis, retinere homines in civitate?

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