At some point in childhood I learnt there were speech competitions in ancient Rome when people would express complex ideas in very few words. And I believed since those short sentences called "maxima"
This happened couple decades before public Internet and wikipedia.
I always believed it to be common knowledge. However tried recently to find confirmation and couldn't get past "plural for maximus" copy/paste on 50 websites.
Are there real scholars of Latin and/or ancient Rome history who can confirm or correct my understanding that maxima is a short phrase which explains a complex construct
I don't know if this example would qualify as maxima in ancient times but looks good to me:
If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain