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[15] But Cicero has relieved me of any feeling of shame that I might have in controverting his opinion, since he has not only expressed his disapproval of his Rhetorica, but in the Orator,1 the de Oratore and the Topica2 instructs us to abstract such discussions from particular persons and occasions, “because we can speak more fully on general than on special themes, and because what is proved of the whole must also be proved of the part.”

1 Orator xiv. 45.

2 de Or. iii. 30; Top. 21.

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