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[74] Sometimes too it is effective to add something more biting in place of the charge which is denied, as was done by Junius Bassus when Domitia the wife of Passienus1 complained that by way of accusing her of meanness he had alleged that she even sold old shoes. “No,” he replied, “I never said anything of the sort. I said you bought them.” A witty travesty of defence was once produced by a Roman knight who was charged by Augustus with having squandered his patrimony. “I thought it was my own,” he answered.

1 See VI. i. 50.

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