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[17] if we make a mistake in a single word, we are like to lose our whole case, and consequently the compromise adopted by Cicero in the pro Caecina1 is the safest course to follow; this consists in setting forth the facts without running any risks over the exactness of our terminology. These are his words: “Judges, the violence which threatens our lives and persons is not the only kind of violence: there is a much more serious form which by the threat of death fills our minds with panic and often turns them from their natural condition of stability.”

1 XV. 42.

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