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[124] The period is given a number of different names by Cicero,1 who calls it ambitus, circuitus, comprehensio, continuatio and circumscriptio. It has two forms. The one is simple, and consists of one thought expressed in a number of words, duly rounded to a close. The other consists of commata and cola, comprising a number of different thoughts: for example, aderat ianitor carceris, carnriex praetoris2 and the rest.

1 Orat. lxi. 204.

2 Verr. v. xlv. 118. “There stood the jailer, the praetor's executioner.”

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