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[5] which are not in any sense a method of actual defence, can rarely be used, and [p. 315] only before judges who are not limited to some precise form of verdict.1 Even those speeches delivered before Gaius Caesar2 and the triumvirs on behalf of members of the opposite party, although they do employ such pleas for mercy, also make use of the ordinary methods of defence. For I think you will agree with me that the following passage contains arguments of a strongly defensive character3: “What was our object, Tubero, save that we might have the power that Caesar has now” But if,

1 e. g. in the emperor's court as opposed to the quaestiones perpetuae or civil actions.

2 As in the pro Ligario and pro Deiotaro pleaded in Caesar's house. It is not known what cases were tried before the (2nd) triumvirate.

3 Cic. pro Lig. iv. 10

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