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[104] This type of argument may reasonably be described as drawn from circumstances, there being no other word to express the Greek περίστασις or from those things which are peculiar to any given case. For instance, in the case of the priest who having committed adultery desired to save his own life by means of the law1 which gave him the power of saving one life, the appropriate argument to employ against him would run as follows: “You would save more than one guilty person, since, if you were discharged, it would not be lawful to put the adulteress to death.” For such an argument follows from the law forbidding the execution of the adulteress apart from the adulterer.

1 This law and those which follow are imaginary laws invented for the purposes of the schools of rhetoric.

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