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[3] Again, when Marcus Gellius, who was thought to be of servile birth, had read letters to the senate in a loud and clear voice, ‘Do not marvel,’ said Cicero, ‘he too is one of those who have cried aloud for their freedom.’ 1 And when Faustus, the son of the Sulla who was dictator at Rome and placarded many people for death, got into debt, squandered much of his substance, and placarded his household goods for sale, Cicero said he liked this placarding better than his father's.

1 A play upon the phrase (used of a slave) ‘ in libertatem reclamare.

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