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[12] Where it is doubtful to what a word or phrase refers, and the word or phrase itself is ambiguous, we shall have to alter several words, as, for example, in the sentence, “My heir shall be bound to give him all his own [p. 161] property,” where “his own” is ambiguous. Cicero commits the same fault when he says of Gaius Fannius,1 “He following the instructions of his father-in-law, for whom, because he had not been elected to the college of augurs, he had no great affection, especially as he had given Quintus Scaevola, the younger of his sons-in-law, the preference over himself. .” For over himself may refer either to his father-in-law or to Fannius.

1 Brut. xxvi. 101. The sentence continues, “(an act of which Laelius said by way of excuse that he had given the augurship not to his younger son-in-law, but to his elder daughter), Fannius, I say, despite his lack of affection for Laelius, in obedience to his instructions attended the lectures of Panaetius.”

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