other times we speak in the first person instead of
in another, or substitute one person for another.
Both devices are employed together in the pro
where Cicero, addressing Piso, the counsel
for the prosecution, says, “You asserted that you
reinstated me: I deny that you did so in accordance
with the praetor's edict.”1
The actual truth is that
it was Aebutius who asserted that he had reinstated the defendant, and Caecina who denied that
he had been restored in accordance with the
praetor's edict. We may note also a further figure
in the contracted dixti,
which has dropped
one of its syllables.