He also employed
allegory in the witticism that he was fond of making
about Marcus Caelius, who was better at bringing
charges than at defending his client against them, to
the effect that he had a good right hand, but a weak
left.1 As an example of the use of emphasis I may
quote the jest of Aulus Villius, that Tuccius was
killed by his sword falling upon him.2
1 The right being the sword arm, the left carrying the
2 Tuccius was clearly a coward who committed suicide.
Villius suggested that he would never have had the courage
to fall upon his sword, and that therefore the sword must
have fallen on him.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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