d said that he would
abdicate entirely when Antony should return from the Parthian war, for he
was persuaded that Antony, too, would be willing to lay down the government,
the civil wars being at an end. Thereupon he was chosen tribune for life by
acclamation, the people urging him, by the offer of this perpetual
magistracy, to give up his former one.The true date of his election to the tribuneship, deduced
from the testament of Augustus inscribed on the wall of the Augusteum at
Ancyra, was B.C. 25, i.e.,
eleven years later than Appian makes it. This he accepted, and at
the same time he wrote privately to Antony in reference to their government.
Antony gave instructions to Bibulus, who was going away from him, to confer
with Octavius. He sent governors to take charge of his provinces in like
manner as Octavius had done, and he had thoughts of joining the latter in
his expedition against the Illyrians.