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Potestas – Cicero

Cicero, Ad Atticum 6.1:

Illud quidem fatebitur Scaptius, me ius dicente sibi omnem pecuniam ex edicto meo auferendi potestatem fuisse.

Scaptius will admit this at least—that when I was judge he had the opportunity to carry off all the money from my edict.

I don’t think ‘when I was judge’ is exactly the best translation here; ius dicere appears to be a technical term.

Also, I’m not sure the best way to handle omnem pecuniam ex edicto meo without introducing words I don’t want to introduce. The reference translation I used added ‘allowed’ (“the whole sum allowed by my edict”).

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