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[10] What again am I to select as an outstanding instance of his sagacity in the pro Milone? The fact that he refrains from proceeding to his statement of facts until he has cleared the ground by disposing of the previous verdicts against the accused?1 The manner in which he turns the [p. 521] odium of the attempted ambush against Clodius, although as a matter of fact the encounter was a pure chance? The way in which he at one and the same time praised the actual deed and showed that it was forced upon his client? Or the skill with which he avoided making Milo plead for consideration and undertook the role of suppliant himself?2 It would be an endless task to quote all the instances of his sagacity, how he discredited Cotta,3 how he put forward his own case in defence of Ligarius4 and saved Cornelius5 by his bold admission of the facts. It is enough, I think,

1 cp. Quint. III. vi. 93.

2 See above i. 25 and 27.

3 cp. above v. xiii. 30. The reference is to the pro Oppio.

4 See above v. x. 93.

5 See above v. xiii. 18 and 26.

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