the same heading as the appeal to public or personal
interest comes the plea that the act in question
prevented the occurrence of something worse. For
in a comparison of evils the lesser evil must be
regarded as a positive good: for example, Mancinus
may defend the treaty made with the Numantines
on the ground that it saved the army from annihilation. This form of defence is called ἀντίστασις by
the Greeks, while we style it defence by comparison.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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