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Ma'ncia, He'lvius

a Roman orator (about B. C. 90), who was remarkably ugly, and whose name is recorded chiefly in consequence of a laugh being raised against him on account of his deformity by C. Julius Caesar Strabo [CAESAR, No. 10], who was opposed to him on one occasion in some law-suit. (Cic. de Orat. 2.66; Quint. Inst. 6.3.38; Plin. Nat. 35.4 : the last writer mentions the orator Crassus as the person who raised the laugh against Mancia.) Cicero further relates a smart saying of Mancia on another occasion (de Orat. 2.68).

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    • Cicero, On Oratory, 2.66
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 35.4
    • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 6, 3.38
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