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[61] But he whose eloquence is like to some great torrent that rolls down rocks and “disdains a bridge”1 and carves out its own banks for itself, will sweep the judge from his feet, struggle as he may, and force him to go whither he bears him. This is the orator that will call the dead to life (as, for example, Cicero calls upon Appius Caecus2); it is in his pages that his native land itself will cry aloud and at times address the orator himself, as it addresses Cicero in the speech delivered against Catiline in the senate.

1 Verg. Aen. viii. 728.

2 See III. viii. 54. “Cicero in the pro Caclio makes both Appius Caecus and her brother Clodius address Clodia the former rebuking her for her immorality, the latter exhorting her thereto.”

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