The older universities … well, I am thinking of Oxford, Cambridge, and Dublin … have an official known as either The Orator or The Public Orator. His job, nowadays, is to declaim elegant and witty speeches in the Latin tongue when distingushed honorands are being presented for their honorary degrees. Diggle was the Cambridge Orator 1982-1993. He also produced a study of the history of the job

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