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[4] There was a certain Octavius, too, who was reputed to be of African descent; to this man, who said at a certain trial that he could not hear Cicero, the orator replied: ‘And yet your ear is not without a perforation.’ 1 And when Metellus Nepos declared that Cicero had brought more men to death as a hostile witness than he had saved from it as an advocate, ‘Yes,’ said Cicero, ‘I admit that my credibility is greater than my eloquence.’

1 Usually the mark of a slave.

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