When the trial was held, Cicero, who was consul at that time and one of Murena's advocates, took advantage of Cato's fondness for the Stoics to rail and jest at length about those philosophers and what were called their
‘paradoxes,’ thus making the jurors laugh. Cato, accordingly, as we are told, said with a smile to the bystanders:
‘My friends, what a droll fellow our consul is!’
Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives. with an English Translation by. Bernadotte Perrin. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1919. 8.
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