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[90] Juba misrepresented another man's opinion, when he replied to one who complained of being bespattered by his horse, “What, do you think I am a Centaur?”1 Gaius Cassius misrepresented his own, when he said to a soldier whom he [p. 489] saw hurrying into battle without his sword, “Shew yourself a handy man with your fists, comrade.” So too did Galba, when served with some fish that had been partially eaten the day before and had been placed on the table with the uneaten sides turned uppermost: “We must lose no time,” he said, “for there are people under the table at work on the other side.” Lastly there is the jibe that Cicero made against Curius, which I have already cited;2 for it was clearly impossible that he should be still unborn at a time when he was already declaiming.

1 The point of the jest, such as it is, is that Juba disclaims forming part of his horse. The reference is to Juba, historian and king of Mauretania, captured by Julius Caesar and restored by Augustus.

2 §73.

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