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[56] Sometimes, however, a lucky chance may give us an opportunity of employing such jests with effect, as for instance when Cicero in the pro Caecina1 says of the witness Sextus Clodius Phormio, “He was not less black or less bold than the Phormio of Terence.”

1 x. 27. The reference must be to the make-up of Phormio on the stage: there is nothing in the play to suggest the epithet “black.”

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