When emperors became converts, the church, so lately a victim and a pleader for liberty, readily learned to persecute.
Cicero had a perfect mastery of all weapons wielded by a pleader in Rome.
On returning to Rome he was nominated to the honorary office of sevir equitum romanorum, and was actively engaged as a pleader before the centumviri, the chancery court of Rome (vi.
POLYAENUS, a Macedonian, who lived at Rome as a rhetorician and pleader in the 2nd century A.D.
The opposition, which was led by one Eusebius, a "scholasticus" or pleader who afterwards became bishop of Dorylaeum, chose to construe this utterance as a denial of the divinity of Christ, and so violent did the dispute upon it become that Nestorius judged it necessary to silence the remonstrants by force.