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[78] Cassius Severus showed his wit by transferring a charge made against himself to a different quarter. For when lie was reproached by the praetor on the ground that his advocates had insulted Lucius Varus, an Epicurean and a friend of Caesar, he replied, “I do not know who they were who insulted him, I suppose they were Stoics.”

Of retorts there are a number of forms, the wittiest being that which is helped out by a certain verbal similarity, as in the retort made by Trachalus to Suelius. The latter had said, “If that is the case, you go into exile”: to which Trachalus replied, “And if it is not the case, you go back into exile.”1

1 The point is obscure; we have no key to the circumstances of the jest.

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