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Cicero on untimely deaths.

Cicero on untimely deaths (Philippica 2.46): Etenim, si abhinc annos prope viginti hoc ipso in templo negavi posse mortem immaturam esse consulari, quanto verius non negabo seni! Indeed, if nearly twenty years ago—in this very temple—I said there could be no such thing as death being premature for someone who has been consul, how much […]

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Senatus potentia

Cicero comparing governments (Ad Atticum 2.9): Etenim si fuit invidiosa senatus potentia, cum ea non ad populum sed ad tris homines immoderatos redacta sit, quid iam censes fore? After all, if the power of the Senate was unpopular, then what do you think it will be like when it has passed, not to the people, […]

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A comparative construction in Cicero.

Cicero on sending word (Ad Atticum 11.23) Ipsum Agusium audies, sed tardius iter faciebat. Eo feci ut celeriter eunti darem. You’ll be hearing Agusius himself, but he was making his way rather slowly, so I’ve arranged to give [the news] to someone moving faster. The comparative shows itself here to be more flexible in Latin […]

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Cicero on rigged elections in Sicily.

Cicero on rigged elections in Sicily (In Verrem Secunda 2.52): Herodotus cum Roma revertitur, diebus, ut ipse putabat, XV ante comitia, offendit eum mensem qui consequitur mensem comitialem, comitiis iam abhinc XXX diebus factis. When Herodotus returns from Rome, on what he was thinking was fifteen days before the comitia, he’s shocked to find it’s […]

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Cicero – Verres vs. Dio.

Cicero, In Verrem Secunda (1.28): Dionem HS deciens centena milia numerasse ut causam certissimam obtineret; praeterea greges equarum eius istum abigendos curasse, argenti, vestis stragulae quod fuerit curasse auferendum. Dio paid a million sesterces to win a case that should have been absolutely certain; furthermore, that man [Verres] made sure his herds of mares were […]

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Caesar and Metellus.

Cicero on Caesar (Ad Atticum 10.8): Duarum rerum simulationem tam cito amiserit, mansuetudinis in Metello, divitiarum in aerario. He had lost, so quickly, his claim to two things—to gentleness because of Metellus, and to riches because of the treasury. Julius Caesar, on returning to Rome in 49 BC, had promised large amounts of money to […]

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Semiliberi saltem simus.

Cicero to Atticus (Ad Atticum 13.31): Obsecro, abiciamus ista et semiliberi saltem simus, quod adsequemur et tacendo et latendo. Please, let’s put these things aside, and be at least half free, which we can achieve by keeping quiet and lying low. I couldn’t reproduce the alliteration in semiliberi saltem simus ‘let us be at least […]

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Put down pain, pick up pain.

Cicero, Ad Atticum 11.21: accepi VI Kal. Sept. litteras a te datas XII Kal. doloremque quem ex Quinti scelere iam pridem acceptum iam abieceram, lecta eius epistula gravissimum cepi. On the 27th of August, I received a letter you sent on the 21st, and the pain I received from Quintus’ crime a long time ago, […]

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Chance vs. design.

Cicero, in On the Nature of the Gods 2.37, considers the sun and stars. He then states, in a precursor to the infinite monkey theorem, that the works of Ennius are not at all likely to form from the fall of letters thrown in the air, and from this premise he continues: Isti autem quemadmodum […]

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