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That same dynamism informs Cicero's representation of Rome in the Brutus, and while Cicero struggles to define urbanitas, he has no trouble seeing it as a uniformly Roman trait, "a certain intonation and quality which is characteristic of the city.
In the Brutus passage on urbanitas Cicero cites the example of the Athenian Theophrastus, whom an old market vendor immediately called hospes, stranger, when he inquired about a price.
While his final clause broadens the geography of Florentine beyond the city; Lenzoni's word urbanita, by its very etymology, actually signals a narrowing of linguistic range to the city itself.