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[38] This was the reason why Servius, as he [p. 529] himself has observed, dropped the final s, whenever the next word began with a consonant, a practice for which Luranius takes him to task, while Messala defends him. For he thinks that Lucilius1 did not pronounce the final s in phrases such as, Aeserninus fuit and dignus locoque, while Cicero in his Orator2 records that this was the practice with many of the ancients.

1 From the Fourth Book of the Satires. Servius and Luranius cannot be identified.

2 Or. xlviii. 161.

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