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[10] I have already said enough on this topic in dealing with arguments.1 But the use of the enthymeme is not confined to proof, it may sometimes be employed for the purpose of ornament, as in the following instance:2 “Caesar, shall the language of those whom it is your glory to have spared goad you to imitate their own cruelty?” Cicero's motive in saying this is not that it introduces any fresh reason for clemency, but because he has already demonstrated by other arguments how unjust such conduct would be,

1 See v. x. 2, and again, for greater detail, v. xiv. 1 (note at end), where an example of this type of sententia is given from the pro Milone (ch. 29) “You are sitting to avenge the death of one whom you would be unwilling to restore to life even if you thought it was in your power to restore it!”

2 Pro Lig. iv. 10.

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