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[20] But it was Cicero who shed the greatest light not only on the practice but on the theory of oratory; for he stands alone among Romans as combining the gift of actual eloquence with that of teaching the art. With him for 1 [p. 381] predecessor it would be more modest to be silent, but for the fact that he himself describes his Rhetorica2 as a youthful indiscreition, while in his later works on oratory he deliberately omitted the discussion of certain minor points, on which instruction is generally desired.

1 The younger Hermagoras, a rhetorician of the Augustan age.

2 sc. the de Inventione.

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