Cicero; the Orations translated by Duncan, the Offices by Cockman, and the Cato and Lælius by Melmoth Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...1 Art thou nothing daunted by the nocturnal watch posted to secure the Palatium! nothing by the city guards? nothing by the consternation of the people? nothing by the union of all the The Romans had no standing army at this time, nor any regular guards within the city: but on the discovery of this conspiracy, they had placed a strong-garrison in the Palatium, which was the highest hill in Rome, and served as a citadel. At the same time they ordered severai parties to patrol through the streets, under the command of the ediles, and other inferior magistrates, to prevent the conspirators setting fire to «w city in the night. wise and worthy citizens nothing by the senate's assembling in this place of strength 1 nothing by the looks and countenances of all here present? Seest thou not that all thy designs are brought to light? that the senators are thoroughly apprized of thy conspiracy? that they are acquainted with thy last night's practices; with the practices of the night before; with the place of meeting, the company summoned together, and the measures concerted? Alas for our degeneracy! alas for the depravity of the times! the senate is apprized of all this, the consul beholds it; yet the traitor lives. Lives, did I say! he even comes into the senate; he shares in the public deliberations; he marks us out with his eye for destruction. While we, bold in our country's cause, think we have sufficiently discharged our duty to the state, if we can but escape his rage and deadly darts. Long since, O Catiline, ought the consul to have ordered thee for execution; and pointed on thy own head that ruin thou hast been long meditating against us all. Could that illustrious citizen Publius Scipio, sovereign pontiff, but invested with no public...

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Marcus Tullis Cicero (106-43 BC) was a Roman statesman and philosopher whose lifetime coincided with the decline and fall of the Roman republic. His best-known works include On the Republic, On Duties, and Treatises on Friendship and Old Age.

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