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[43] But we find not a trace of such a usage in any Latin author. On the contrary phrases such as devenere locos,1 conticuere omnes2 and consedere duces3 clearly prove that they have nothing to do with the dual. Moreover dixere,4 although Antonius Rufus cites it as proof to the contrary, is often used by the usher in the courts to denote more than two advocates.

1 Aen. i. 369: “They came to the places.”

2 Aen. ii. l: “All were silent.”

3 Ovid, Met. xiii. l: “The chiefs sat them down.”

4 Dixere, “they have spoken,” was said when the advocates had finished their pleading.

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