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[38] For, if necessary, he will use the syllogism, and he will certainly make use of the enthymeme which is a rhetorical form of syllogism.1 Further the most absolute form of proof is that which is generally known as linear demonstration. And what is the aim of oratory if not proof?

1 See v. xiv. I for an example from the Pro Ligario. “The cause was then doubtful, as there were arguments on both sides. Now, however, we must regard that cause as the better, to which the gods have given their approval.”

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