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[2] Again, Lucius Cotta, who held the office of censor, was very fond of wine, and Cicero, when canvassing for the consulship, was a-thirst, and as his friends stood about him while he drank, said: ‘You have good reason to fear that the censor will deal harshly with me—for drinking water.’ And when he met Voconius escorting three very ugly daughters, he cried out:—
It was against the will of Phoebus that he begat children.

1 An iambic trimeter from some lost tragedy, perhaps the Oedipus of Euripides (Nauck, Trag.Graec.Frag.2, p. 911).

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