If in his defence
of Cornelius Cicero had confined himself merely to
instructing the judge and speaking in clear and idiomatic Latin without a thought beyond the interests
of his case, would he ever have compelled the Roman
people to proclaim their admiration not merely by
acclamation, but by thunders of applause? No, it
was the sublimity and splendour, the brilliance and
the weight of his eloquence that evoked such clamorous enthusiasm.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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