Title: The case for the prosecution in the Ciceronian era
Place edition: Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Editor: University of Michigan Pr.
Year edition: 2002
Pages: XII, 370
Keywords: Droit - Diritto - Law, Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Histoire - Storia - History
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Author initials: Alexander 2002