This was the reason why Servius, as he
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
1 From the Fourth Book of the Satires. Servius and
Luranius cannot be identified.
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