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[97] The dochmiac, again, which consists of a bacchius and an iambus, or of an iambus and a cretic, forms a solid and severe conclusion. The spondee, so frequently employed in this position by Demosthenes, is used with varying effect. It is most impressive when preceded by a cretic, as in the following instance: De qua ego nihil dicam, nisi depellendi criminis causa.1 Again there is a point, of the importance of which I spoke above, namely that it makes a considerable difference whether two feet are contained in a single word [p. 563] or whether they are both detached. Thus criminis causa makes a strong and archipiratae2 a weak ending, while tile weakness is still further increased if the first foot be a tribrach, as for instance in words like facilitates or temeritates.

1 pro Cael. xiii. 31. “Concerning which I will say nothing except for the purpose of refuting the charge.”

2 See § 64.

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