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[4] For the praetors favoured Verres, and by many obstacles and delays had put off the case until the very last day,1 since it was clear that a day's time would not be enough for the speeches of the advocates and so the trial would not be finished. But Cicero rose and said there was no need of speeches,2 and then brought up and examined his witnesses and bade the jurors cast their votes. Nevertheless, many witty sayings of his in connection with this trial are on record.

1 That is, the last day on which the case could be tried during that year. The city praetor already elected for the coming year (69 B.C.) favoured Verres, and Hortensius, the advocate of Verres, was to be consul in that year. He therefore used every artifice to delay the case. See Cicero, in Verrem, i. 10, 31 ff.

2 Of the seven orations against Verres (including the Divinatio in Caecilium ) only the first two were delivered; the others were compiled after the verdict had been pronounced.

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