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[99] Comedy is our weakest point. Although Varro quotes Aelius Stilo1 as saying that if the Muses wished to speak Latin, they would use the language of Plautus, although the ancients extol Caecilius,2 and although Scipio Africanus is credited with the works of Terence (which are the most elegant of their kind, and would be still more graceful if the poet had confined himself to the iambic trimeter),

1 The first Roman philologist (141–70 B.C.).

2 Caecilils (219–166), Terence (194159), Afranius (flor. circ. 150). Only fragments of Caecilius and Afranius remain.

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