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[76] I have therefore no hesitation in calling the following forms of argument also consequential, although they argue from the past to the future: some however divide them into two classes, those concerned with action, as in the pro Oppio, “How could he detain against their will those whom he was unable to take to the province against their will?” and those concerned with time, as in the Verrines,1 “If the first of January puts an end to the authority of the praetor's edict, why should the commencement of its authority not likewise date from the first of January?”

1 Verr. I. xlii. 109. The praetor on entering office on Jan. I issued an edict announcing the principles on which his rulings would be given. This edict was an interpretation of the law of Rome, and held good only during the praetor's year of office.

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