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[46] Therefore when we advise Cicero to beg Antonius for mercy or even to burn the Philippics if Antonius promises to spare him on that condition,1 we shall not empliasise the love of life in our advice (for if that passion has any force with [p. 503] him, it will have it none the less if we are silent), but we shall exhort him to save himself in the interest of the state.

1 For examples of this theme see the elder Seneca (Suas. vi. and vii.).

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