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The six speeches contained during this quantity, added upon Cicero's successful go back from exile in 57-56 B.C., are right here dropped at existence by way of a good new English translation that's in keeping with a much better Latin textual content. The notes accompanying the interpretation are written with the overall reader in brain, whereas the 2 indices give you the similar of an onomasticon for those six speeches.

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If that curse of the Commonwealth, 5 that destroying flame, shall bring divine religion to defend his ruinous, disastrous tribunate, which he cannot protect by any appeal to human justice, we shall have to look for other rites and priests arid religious guides. On the other hand, reverend sirs, you may rescind by your authority and wisdom the work of revolutionary rascals in a Commonwealth which was held down by some, forsaken by others, by others betrayed. If you do so, we shall have good and sufficient grounds to praise our ancestors' prudence in selecting our foremost men for priestly office.

ON HIS HOUSE weapons or having them wrenched out of their hands. On that, I went up to the Capitol. I had no force with me, no band; only friends, and not many of them. [7] Could I have done otherwise, when called to the Senate by Consul Publius Lentulus, who had deserved so well of me and of the Commonwealth, and by Quintus Metellus, who, although he was my enemy and your brother, had put my rights and dignity before our quarrel and your solicitations; when so great a multitude of my fellow countrymen summoned me by name to show my gratitude for what they had so recently done for me—particularly as you and your band of runaways were known to have left the area?

10-41. 42 ON HIS HOUSE it by inference, it was already part of our experience; we saw it. The price of grain was rising. There was apprehension, not just of high prices, but of shortage and famine. The people flocked to the temple of Concord, where Consul Metellus had convoked the Senate. Now if this was a genuine movement, springing from + public distress and hunger, then surely it was the duty of the Consuls to take the matter up and of the Senate to come to a conclusion. If, on the other hand, the price of grain was a pretext, and Clodius was the agitator, stirring up the riot, were we not all bound to try to take the wind out of the madman's sails?

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