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[73] This is especially the case with the senarnis or octonarius.1 In Aliica fuisse is the opening of a senarius and closes the first clause of the pro Ligario: esse videatur, with which we are now only too familiar as a conclusion, is the beginning of an ocionarius. Similar effects are to be found in Demosthenes, as for example πᾶσι καὶ πάσαις and πᾶσιν ὑμῖν and throughout almost the whole exordium of that speech.2 The ends of verses are also excellently suited to the beginning of a period:

1 senarius= iambic trimeter. octonarius here = trochaic tetrameter, not iambic tetrameter.

2 De Cor. I.

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