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[42] Whether this type of exercise was actually invented by him I have failed to discover, as I have acknowledged in another work.1 But not even those who most strongly assert his claim to be the inventor, can produce any adequate authority in support of their opinion. As regards Latin teachers of rhetoric, of whom Plotius was the [p. 247] most famous, Cicero2 informs us that they came into existence towards the end of the age of Crassus.

1 Probably the lost treatise on “The causes of the decline of oratory” (De causis corruptae eloquentiae).

2 See Cic. de Or. iii. 24, 93.

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