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Libera'lis, Sa'lvius

an eloquent pleader at Rome, whom the younger Pliny characterises as a man "subtilis, dispositus, acer, disertus," is first mentioned in the reign of Vespasian, when he spoke of the emperor with great boldness, in pleading the cause of a wealthy person who had been accused. He was brought to trial in the reign of Domitian, but what was the result of this trial we are not informed: he had the good fortune, at all events, of escaping with his life (Plin. Ep. 3.9.33). His name again occurs in the reign of Trajan. In B. C. 100 he defended with great ability Marius Priscus, who was accused by the younger Pliny, and by the historian Tacitus; and in the same year he was again opposed to Pliny in the celebrated cause brought by the inhabitants of the province of Baetica against Caecilius Classicus, and his accomplices. (Suet. Vesp. 13; Plin. Ep. 2.11, 3.9.36.)

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