For a will had been read out by the prosecution, in the following form: “Let Publius Novanius
Gallio, to whom as my benefactor I will and owe all
that is good, as a testimony to the great affection
which he has borne me (then follow other details)
be my heir.” In this case the figure borders on
parody, a name drawn from songs sung in imitation
of others, but employed by an abuse of language to
designate imitation in verse or prose.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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