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[53] At times we may exaggerate charges against ourselves which we can easily refute or deny; this device is too common to require any illustration. At other times we may by this same method make the charges brought against us seem incredible just because of their gravity: thus Cicero in his defence of Roscius,1 by the sheer force of his eloquence, exaggerates the horror of parricide, despite the fact that it requires no demonstration.

1 Roscius of Ameria was accused of parricide.

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