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[4] When engaged in forensic disputes I made it a point to make myself familiar with every circumstance connected with the case.1 (In the schools, of course, the facts of the case are definite and limited in number and are moreover set out before we begin to declaim: the Greeks call them themes, which Cicero2 translates by propositions.) When I [p. 9] had formed a general idea of these circumstances, I proceeded to consider them quite as much from my opponent's point of view as from my own.

1 cp iv. iv. 8; IV. ii. 28.

2 Top., 21.

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