52 I confess that they, if they be not deliverers of the Roman people and saviours of the republic, are worse than assassins, worse than homicides, worse even than parricides: since it is a more atrocious thing to murder the father of one's country, than one's own father. Concealed, do I say? You observe, am sure, that both those statements are false, and that the truth is to be found in what Hirtius pointed out - Antonius is afraid that, if our claims should have met with even moderate support, no part would be left for him to play on the political stage. and do you think that those men were instigated by my authority rather than by their affection for the republic? how I should like to know whether you read all this with an anxious mind or a mind at ease! I should sooner say that some men had boasted in order to appear to have been part of that conspiracy, though they had in reality known nothing of it, than that any one who had been an accomplice in the deed could possibly have wished to conceal their part in it. ISBN-13: 978-0862920678. The letter stated that the consuls had left Capua. London. . People think that Caesar will be annoyed because he is afraid of a slump in his sales. The next letter, written by one of the conspirators, describes the situation in Rome a few days later (the exact date is disputed). But I am not pressing you, for I shall look forward to, or rather insist upon, a longer letter. In camp, May 7th. I should like you to be assured that neither you and your family, nor the Senate are without strong safeguards, so that you may defend the Republic in the best of hopes and with the highest spirit. Prior owner name on front free endpaper, otherwise unmarked, tight and clean. [12.12] Cassius, proconsul, to M.Cicero B.C. ("Agamemnon", "Hom. Dictator, . . I am only sounding you now to see in what spirit you take it. 2 We are having satisfactory news here about Dolabella, but we have nobody definitely to vouch for it. 3 We have lost a powerful safeguard by the death of Servius Sulpicius. B.C. [15.18] M.Cicero to C.Cassius Caecilius Metellus, Q. Marcius Rex. 3 Consequently Pansa, who follows pleasure, keeps his hold on virtue, and those also whom you call pleasure-lovers are lovers of what is good and lovers of justice, and cultivate and keep all the virtues. I assure you that on this tour of mine there is nothing that gives me more pleasure to do than to write to you; for I seem to be talking and joking with you face to face. I shall greatly value a letter from you; and how I wish I had followed the advice contained in that first letter you sent me from Luceria! But what can we do? B.C. For if you are angry and annoyed, I shall have more to say, and shall insist upon your being reinstated in that school of philosophy, out of which you have been ousted "by violence and an armed force." As for you, I would have you know that you are a great man here, not only in men's present estimation, but also in their anticipations of your future. 3 Nothing can be more noble than your courage and greatness of spirit. For though we have slain the tyrant, we still watch that tyrant's every nod. Nepos. "Am I to take an insult like a favour?" To Brutus. Would to heaven I had been! why was the number of their legates augmented? Well, on the very next day, a letter of Cassius from his friend Lucretius at Capua announced that Nigidius, an emissary of Domitius, had reached Capua, bringing news that Vibullius with a few soldiers was hurrying away from Picenum to Pompeius' camp, that Caesar was pursuing rapidly and that Domitius had less than 6000 men. Woe is me! And, speaking of the army, I shall make all honourable provision for it within my power, but it will be time enough for that when we begin to get some idea of the amount of help it will give to the Republic, or how much it has already given. 2 I would have you consider and assure yourself that if anything untoward happens, which I should deplore, the only refuge left for honest citizens is with you and Brutus. Your absence troubles me for my own sake, but I am very glad of it for yours. [2.26] Moreover, how likely it is, that among such a number of men, some obscure, some young men who had not the wit to conceal any one, my name could possibly have escaped notice? 4 Just as the people of Tarsus, our treacherous allies, did, so now the inhabitants of Laodiceia, who are even more foolish, have gone out of their way to send for Dolabella; and he, by recruiting a rabble of Greek soldiers out of both those states, has worked up the semblance of an army. I pray you to make every effort just as though all I have were staked upon it. The Letters of Cicero; the whole extant correspondence in chronological order, in four volumes. Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus, L Marcius Piso, A. Gabinius: LETTERS IN EXILE. Consequently on the 2nd of October, Antonius was brought forward at a public meeting by Cannutius, and though it is true he left the platform in sore disgrace, yet he referred to the saviours of the country in terms that should have been applied to traitors. All promise me the aid of themselves, their friends, clients, freedmen, slaves, and, finally, of their money. It was not unnatural, indeed, that he should feel it grievously. c., C. Iulius Caesar, Mag. Related Work Letters to Atticus. No, I positively assure you, not very easily. why were provinces given to Brutus and Cassius? 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