IV. II. 28, secundo partis suae loco.
There seems to have
been nothing in the schools of rhetoric which corresponded
with the mock trials employed to-day for the training of law
students. It would have needed little to adapt the controversiae
to this more practical form, but it seems not to have
been done. The declaimer dealt both with the case for the
prosecution and that for the defence, as stated in section 29.
But more than one declamation might be made on the
same theme. The declamation which is described as being
delivered secundo loco
would appear to be, not a declamation
for the defence, though this is conceivable, but rather a
second speech in answer to the defence. The declaimer
refutes the arguments which he alleges have been made by
the defence, but that he may not miss the opportunity of
practice in making a statement of facts, preludes his refutation with a statement of facts, inserted in the usual position
immediately following the exordium. For the whole of this
obscure passage cp.
v. xiii. 50.