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De orationibus quatuor, quae iniuria Ciceroni vindicantur

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»lt is singular that wherever we find a man higher, by a whole head, »than any of his contemporaries, it is sure to come into doubt, what are »his real works. Thus, Homer, Plato, Rall'aele, Shakspeare. For these men «magnetize their contemporaries. so that their companions can do lor »them what they can never do 1'or themselves; and the great man does »thus live in several bodies, and write, or paint, or act, by many hands: «and alter some time, it is not easy to say what is the authentic work »ot' the master, and what is only of his school."

Emerson, Represent. Men II (Ww. p. 1536).

»Quod igitur plerisque fere ab Homero inde nobilibus scriptoribus eve»nit, ut in noinen illorum darentur vel ab ipsis auctoribus, vel librariis »certe ea opera, quae sic lectoribus commendari posse, et auctoritatem «nancisci putarent: illud M. Tullio etiam accidisse, propter maximam viri sopinionem non mirandum est. Ac libros quidem ad Herennium sua «comrnendasse praestantia videtur, quod opus tam elegans, tam perfec»tum vix ab alio proficisci potuisse, homines putarent. Declamationes «antequam iret in exilium, et in Sallustium invectiva, statim sub rena»tas literas agnitae et damna tae sunt. Liber de gloria vix emerserat, »cum suo auctori est redonatus. De epistolis ad Brutum longior fabula, «disputatio impeditior est" e. q. s.

Gesner, Cic. Restit. I init. (Comm. Soc. Reg.

Sc. Gott. III 1753 p. 225 sq.).