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[30] but is occasionally employed, For although an orator would not say “Tydides” or “Pelides,” he will speak of certain definite persons as “the impious parricides,” while I should have no hesitation in speaking of Scipio as “the destroyer of Carthage and Numantia,” or of Cicero as “the prince of Roman orators.” Cicero himself, at any rate, availed himself of this licence, as, for example, in the following case: “Your faults are not many, said the old praeceptor to the hero,”1 where neither name is given, though both are clearly understood.

1 Pro Muren. xxix. 60. The passage continues (a quotation from some old play) “But you have faults and I can correct them.” Phoenix is addressing his pupil Achilles.

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