And so, Scaevola,
having chanced to mention this very fact, thereupon proceeded to repeat to us a discussion on
friendship, which Laelius had had with him and
with another son-in-law, Gaius Fannius, son of
Marcus, a few days after the death of Africanus.
I committed the main points of that discussion
to memory, and have set them out in the present book
in my own way; for I have, so to speak, brought
the actors themselves on the stage in order to
avoid the too frequent repetition of “said I” and
“said he,” and to create the impression that they
are present and speaking in person.