I do not for a moment
deny that the structure of this passage is excellent,
but I refuse to admit that the form of rhythmical
structure which it exemplifies should be forced on all
For there are various ways in which the
judge's mind may be prepared for what is to come:
at times we appeal for pity, at others take up a
modest attitude, while we may assume an air of
energy or dignity, flatter our audience, attempt to
alter their opinions and exhort them to give us their
best attention, according as the situation may demand.
And as all these methods are different by nature, so
each requires a different rhythmical treatment. Did
Cicero employ similar rhythms in his exordia
the pro Cluentio
and the pro Ligario?