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[2] For the rhetorician considers that his duty is merely to declaim and give instruction in the theory and practice of declamation and confines his activities to deliberative and judicial themes, regarding all others as beneath the dignity of his profession; while the teacher of literature is not satisfied to take what is left him (and we owe him a debt of gratitude for this), but even presumes to handle declamations in character and deliberative themes,1 tasks which impose the very heaviest burden on the speaker.

1 suasoriae are declamations on deliberative themes (e.g. Hannibal deliberates whether he should cross the Alps).

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