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[35] The most effective of all such methods was in times past that by which more than anything else Cicero is considered to have saved Lucius Murena1 from the attacks of his accusers, who were men of the greatest distinction. For he persuaded the court that nothing was more necessary in view of the critical position of affairs than that Murena should assume the consulship on the thirty-first of December. This form of appeal is now, however, almost entirely obsolete, since the safety of the state is to-day dependent on the watchful care of a single ruler, and cannot conceivably be imperilled by the result of a trial.

1 pro Mur. xxxvii. 79.

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