at an age to which boldness is still natural, he
will find it easy to get over the timidity which invariably accompanies the period of apprenticeship, and
will not, on the other hand, carry his boldness so far
as to lead him to despise the difficulties of his task.
This was the method employed by Cicero: for when
he had already won a distinguished position at the
bar of his day, he took ship to Asia and there studied
under a number of professors of philosophy and
rhetoric, but above all under Apollonius Molon,
whose lectures he had attended at Rome and to
whom he now at Rhodes entrusted the refashioning
and recasting of his style. It is only when theory
and practice are brought into a perfect harmony
that the orator reaps the reward of all his study.