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[118] There are many other clever speakers, but it would be a long task to deal with them all. Domitius Afer1 and Julius Africanus2 are by far the most distinguished. The former is superior in art and in every department of oratory, indeed he may he ranked with the old orators without fear of [p. 69] contradiction. The latter shows greater energy, but is too great a precisian in the choice of words, prone to tediously long periods and somewhat extravagant in his metaphors. There have been distinguished talents even of more recent date.

1 Domitius Afer (d. 59 A.D.), the leading orator of the reigns of Tiberius and his successors.

2 Iulius Africanus, a Gaul, who flourished in the reign of Nero.

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