He assaulted a freeborn boy, and the
latter hanged himself, but that is no reason for the
author of the assault to be awarded capital punishment as having caused his death; he will instead
pay 10,000 sesterces, the fine imposed by law for
such a crime.” But even in making these admissions we may to some extent lessen the odium
caused by the statement of our opponent. For even
our slaves extenuate their own faults.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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