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[41] Nor is it only past or present actions which we may imagine: we may equally well present a picture of what is likely to happen or might have happened. This is done with extraordinary skill by Cicero in his defence of Milo,1 where he shows what Clodius would have done, had he succeeded in securing the praetorship. But this transference of time, which is technically called μετάστασις was more modestly used in vivid description by the old orators. For they would preface it by words such as “Imagine that you see”: take, for example, the words of Cicero2: “Though you cannot see this with your bodily eyes, you can see it with the mind's eye.”

1 Ch. 32.

2 Not found in extant works of Cicero.

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