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[44] Brutus was prosecuting Cnaeus Plancus and had produced two readers1 to show that Lucius Crassus, who was counsel for the defence, in the speech which he delivered on the subject of the colony of Narbo had advocated measures contrary to those which he recommended in speaking of the Servilian law. Crassus, in reply, called for three readers and gave them the dialogues of Brutus' father to read out. One of these dialogues was represented as taking place on his estate at Privernum, the second on his estate at Alba, and the third on his estate at Tibur. Crassus then asked where these estates were. Now Brutus had sold them all, and in those days it was considered somewhat discreditable to sell one's [p. 463] paternal acres. Similar attractive effects of narrative may be produced by the narration of fables or at times even of historical anecdotes.

1 Probably members of his household, employed on this occasion to read out passages from Crassus' previous speeches.

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