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The metaphor is of the speech being compared to a ship navigating a difficult course at sea. The placing of the subject at the end of the sentence helps to emphasise this. The Romans often found sea travel more convenient and quicker than land routes, so this would have resonated with an audience.

He describes it as an audacious crime.

The questions expose the numerous weaknesses in the prosecution case.

A man of great honesty and integrity.

By attesting to his good character, he seeks to undermine the validity of the prosecution accusations. He has done this in other cases, notably in his defence of Cluentius.

This sentence combines a tricolon with anaphora. It is a sentence that seeks to condemn, and these devices are used to emphasise this condemnatory tone.


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