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[14] The peroration also provides freer opportunities for exciting the passions of jealousy, hatred or anger. As regards the circumstances likely to excite such feelings in the judge, jealousy will be produced by the influence of the accused, hatred by the disgraceful nature of his conduct, and anger by his disrespectful attitude to the court, if, for instance, he be contumacious, arrogant or studiously indifferent: such anger may be aroused not merely by specific acts or words, but by his looks, bearing and manner. In this connexion the remark made by the accuser of Cossutianus Capito1 in my young days was regarded with great approval: the words used were Greek, but may be translated thus:—“You blush to fear even Caesar.”

1 See Tac. Ann. xiii. 33. Cossutianus was condemned for extortion in his province. His accuser is not known.

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