My own teachers used to prepare us for conjectural cases by a form of exercise which was at once
useful and attractive: they made us discuss and
develop questions such as “Why in Sparta is Venus
represented as wearing armour?”1
or “Why is Cupid
believed to be a winged boy armed with arrows and
a torch?” and the like. In these exercises our aim
was to discover the intention implied, a question
which frequently occurs in controversial declamations.
Such themes may perhaps be regarded as a kind of
or moral essay.