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[24] But it is important to enquire to what extent tropes of this kind should be employed by the orator. For though we often hear “Vulcan” used for fire and to say vario Marte pugnatum est for “they fought with varying success” is elegant and idiomatic, while Venus is a more decent expression than coitus, it would be too bold for the severe style demanded in the courts to speak of Liber and Ceres when we mean bread and wine. Again, while usage permits us to substitute that which contains for that which is contained, as in phrases such as “civilised cities,” or “a cup was drunk to the lees,” or “a happy age,”

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