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[5] Cicero also in a passage1 of one of his works, states that the material of rhetoric is composed of the things which are brought before it, but makes certain restrictions as to the nature of these things. In another passage,2 however, he expresses his opinion that the orator has to speak about all kinds of things; I will quote his actual words: “although the very meaning of the name of orator and the fact that he professes to speak well seem to imply a promise and undertaking that the orator will speak with elegance and fullness on any subject that may be put before him.”

1 de Inv. i. 5.

2 de Or. I. vi. 21. “I will not demand omniscience from an orator, although” etc.

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