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[20] For while in prose it is perfectly correct to use macro, the point, for the whole sword, and tectum, roof, for a whole house, we may not employ puppis, stern, to describe a ship, nor abies, fir, to describe planks; and again, though ferrunm, the steel, may be used to indicate a sword, quadrupes cannot be used in the [p. 313] sense of horse. It is where numbers are concerned that synecdocheè can be most freely employed in prose. For example, Livy frequently says, “The Roman won the day,” when he means that the Romans were victorious; on the other hand, Cicero in a letter to Brutus1 says, “We have imposed on the people and are regarded as orators,” when he is speaking of himself alone.

1 This letter is lost.

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