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[45] Marcus Antonius stated that there were three bases in the following words:β€”β€œThe things which form the ground of every speech are few and are as follows:β€”' Was a thing done or not done? 'Was it just or unjust?' 'Was it good or bad?'” But since, when we are said to have been justified in doing anything, this does not merely mean that our action was legal, but further implies that it was just, those who follow Antonius attempt to differentiate these bases with greater exactness. They therefore called them conjectural, legal and juridical, a division which meets with the approval of Verginius as well.

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