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,
translates by propositions.
) When I
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.