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[4] For this reason I must postpone some of my remarks to the portion of this work reserved for the treatment of that topic.1 At length, however, our powers will have developed so far that the man who is not hampered by lack of natural ability will by dint of [p. 131] persistent study be enabled, when it comes to speaking, to rely no less on what he has thought out than what he has written out and learnt by heart. At any rate, Cicero records that Metrodorus of Scepsis,2 Empylus of Rhodes,3 and our own Hortensius4 were able to reproduce what they had thought out word for word when it came to actual pleading.

1 XI. ii. 1 sqq.

2 A philosopher of the Academic school, contemporary with Cicero, cp. de Or. ii. 360.

3 Empylus is not mentioned elsewhere.

4 Cp. Brut. 301.

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