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[22] Above all, it is most desirable that we should familiarise ourselves with the facts of the case with which the speech deals, and it will be well also, wherever possible, to read the speeches delivered on both sides, such as those of Aeschines and Demosthenes in the case of Ctesiphon, of Servius Sulpicius and Messala for and against Aufidia,1 of Pollio2 and Cassius3 in the case of Asprenas,4 and many others.

1 See iv. ii. 106 and VI i. 20.

2 See § 113.

3 See § 116.

4 C. Nonius Asprenas, a friend of Augustus, accused by Cassius and defended by Pollio on a charge of poisoning.

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