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[58] And Sarmentus1 compared Messius Cicirrus to a wild horse. The comparison may also be drawn from inanimate objects: for example Publius Blessius called a certain Julius, who was dark, lean and bent, the iron buckle. This method of raising a laugh is much in vogue to-day.

1 Sarmentus, a favourite of Augustus, cp. Hor. Sat. I. v. 56, where the story is given.

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