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[27] Was not this the man conceived by Virgil and described as quelling a riot when torches and stones have begun to fly:1
“Then, if before their eyes some statesman grave
Stand forth, with virtue and high service crowned,
Straight are they dumb and stand intent to hear.
Here then we have one who is before all else a good man, and it is only after this that the poet adds that he is skilled in speaking:
“His words their minds control, their passions soothe.”

1 Aen. i. 151 sqq.

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