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Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Cicero's Public Life and Contemporary Politics. (search)
rized their conduct on many previous occasions Att. 4.2.5.; and finally, when Quintus Cicero took service with Caesar in 54 B.C., Q. fr. 2.10 (12). 4. political opposition to Caesar might have proved the ruin of Quintus. These circumstances may jus, in defending Vatinius at Caesar's request Fam. 1.9.19. and Gabinius at Pompey's, Q. fr. 3.1.15.; Pro Rab. Post. 32. in 54 B.C., and in heaping praises upon Caesar in his oration de Prov. Cons., in 56 B.C. Cicero's own statement in Fam. 1.9, of ht of bribery and political intrigue, Q.fr. 3.3.2. which had prevailed almost uninterruptedly from midsummer of the year 54 B.C., reached its climax in Jan., 52 B.C., in a riotous contest between the followers of Clodius and Milo, which resulted in us two years had paved the way for this result. First of all the death of Julia, Caesar's daughter and Pompey's wife, in 54 B.C., Liv. Epit. 106; Dio Cass. 39.64. and the subsequent refusal of Pompey to enter into another family alliance with Caes
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter Writing. (search)
ld be found, e.g. M. Lucretio flamini Martis decurioni Pompeus.From a Pompeian wall-painting preserved in the Museum at Naples. 64. Letters were often written by secretaries from dictation, but most of Cicero's letters to Atticus and Quintus at least were written with his own hand; for in 59 B.C. he writes to Atticus: numquam ante arbitror te epistulam meam legisse, nisi mea manu scriptam Att. 2.23.1.; and in 49 B.C.: lippitudinis meae signum tibi sit librarii manus Att. 8.13.1.; and in 54 B.C. to Quintus: scribis enim te meas litteras superiores vix legere potuisse, in quo nihil eorum, mi frater, fuit quae putas; neque enim occupatus eram neque perturbatus nec iratus alicui, sed hoc facio semper ut, quicumque calamus in manus meas venerit, eo sic utar tamquam bono. Q. fr. 2.14 (15b). 1; Cf. also 2.15 (16).1. During the latter part of his life, however, especially during the years 44 and 43 B.C., even the letters to Atticus were written by a secretary. Att. 15.20.4; 12.32.1. Ci
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter VIII: ad Atticum 2.22 (search)
think, I say, that we shall be either free from annoyance or at least from misconceptions.' Crasso urgente: the dislike which Crassus felt for Cicero seems to date from 66 B.C. , when Cicero, in his speech for the Manilian law, by exaggerating the part which Pompey had played in certain matters, had belittled the achievements of Crassus. An apparent, not a real, reconciliation took place in the senate in 61 B.C. (cf. Ep. V.5n; XIII. 2). Another open quarrel between the two men occurred in 54 B.C. ; cf. Fam. 1.9.20. bow=pis: Clodia, the sister of Clodius. This epithet of Hera as applied to her has a double meaning. On the one hand, as with Hera, the brilliancy of Clodia's eyes was one of her claims to beauty. Cicero speaks of her flagrantia oculorum, pro Cael. 49. On the other hand, her will was imperious, and her fondness to control men and things as well marked as was that of Hera. She was the Lesbia of the poet Catullus, and the mistress of the young orator Caelius, by whom the l
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XIV: ad Atticum 3.22 (search)
Letter XIV: ad Atticum 3.22 Thessalonica, with a postsCript from Dyrrachium, Nov.25, 58 B.C. Piso: cf. Ep. XIII. 2 fl. consuesti: cf. Intr. 82. Plancius: quaestor of Macedonia and Cicero's host at Thessalonica. In return for his kindness Cicero defended him in 54 B.C. , in the Or. pro Plancio. Cf. also Fam. 14.1.3. milites, etc.: the province of Macedonia had been assigned to the consul L. Calpurnius Piso for 57 B.C. , and Cicero feared the coming of his soldiers. Lentulus: elected to the consulship for 57 B.C. Cicero based great hopes upon this man's friendship for him and influence with Pompey. de Metello: Q. Caecilius Metellus Nepos was to be the colleague of Lentulus. He had, as tribune, prevented Cicero, at the close of his Consulship (Fam. 5.2.7), from making the customary speech to the people. Atticus had subsequently brought about a reconciliation. Cf. also Ep. XII.1n. mi Pomponi: cf. Ep. X. n. scribe ad me omnia: a request to be found in almost every letter of this pe
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XIX: ad familiares 7.1 (search)
er is common enough in colloquial Latin e.g. Bassus Caecilius, Ep. LXXXVI 4 Pollio Asinius; Ep. XCVIII Cimber autem Tullius, Fam. 6 12 2 Balbi quoque Corneli, Fam 8.11.2 in Horace we read Fuscus Aristius, Musa Antonius, etc., in Livy, Gemmus Servilius, Antias Valerius, etc. In the writers of the Silver Age this innovation, like many others, was accepted without question. ambitio: e.g. in his purpose to defend Catiline in 65 B.C. ; cf. Ep. II.1. rogatu eorum: as when he defended Vatinius in 54 B.C. at the request of Caesar (Fam. 1.9.19), although he had bitterly attacked him in an oration delivered only two years before. humaniter: adverbs in -iter from adjectives in -us are peculiar in this period to colloquial Latin. In Cicero of these formations we find only naviter (Ep. XVIII. 3), firmiter, humaniter and its compounds; and these forms occur only in the Letters and in those writings to which Cicero intentionally gives an archaic coloring, i.e. the de Re Publica and the Oeconomicu
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XX: ad Quintum fratrem 2.9 (search)
Letter XX: ad Quintum fratrem 2.9 Rome, Feb., 54 B.C. codicilli: cf. Intr. 59. Quintus had apparently sent his brother a message written upon wax tablets, expecting him to erase the writing and send back an answer upon the same tablets. res ipsa: perhaps the fact that certain foreign affairs in which Quintus was interested (cf. 3) had not then been discussed. Tenediorum: the people of Tenedos petitioned the senate for home rule, but were refused. securi Tenedia: tradition states that Tenes, the first king of Tenedos, among other severe regulations, established one punishing adultery with immediate death by the ax, so that securis Tenedia was a proverbial expression for an immediate and severe sentence. In this case of course the phrase effects a word-play with Tenediorum. Bibulum: cf. Ep. VII. 2. Calidium: M. Calidius as praetor in 57 B.C. had worked for Cicero's recall. Favonium: cf. Ep. XV.7n. postulationi: evidently Q. Cicero, when propraetor in Asia, had opposed some exorbit
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXI: ad familiares 7.5 (search)
Letter XXI: ad familiares 7.5 Rome, April, 54 B.C. C. Trebatius Testa, the date of whose birth is uncertain, came as a boy to Rome to study law. He became attached to Cicero, and pleased the latter by both his wit and good-fellowship, and also assisted him by his knowledge of jurisprudence. Being anxious, however, to see something of the world, to win his spurs, and to make a fortune, perhaps, in the provinces, Trebatius set out for the Roman camp in Gaul, carrying with him this letter of recommendation. Cicero's relations with Trebatius were of a most intimate nature, as his seventeen letters to him (Fam. 7.6-22) prove. Like most of the young men who served upon Caesar's staff in Gaul, Trebatius became his devoted admirer, and followed his fortunes in the Civil War. He was one of the few members of that coterie of young men about Caesar who survived the Civil War and lived to see Rome at peace under Augustus. Horace introduces him as a speaker in Sat. 2.1. me alterum: cf. Ep.
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXII: ad Quintum fratrem 2.15 (search)
Letter XXII: ad Quintum fratrem 2.15 Rome, August, 54 B.C. sic habeto : cf. sic habeto, Ep. XXVI.1n. anni tempore: August, the weather being hot even for that month; cf. Q. fr. 3.1.1. vestrae: sc. of you and Caesar. ex hoc labore: Cicero is probably referring to his support of the Triumvirate. During the year 54 B.C. , he delivered orations in behalf of Gabinius (cf. pro Rabirio Post. 32), Vatinius, and Messius (cf. Att. 4.15.9), all of whom were tools of the triumvirs, and the first two hst. 132 ff.; in Vat. Interr.; Fam. 1.9.7; Q. fr. 2.4.1.) The trial here referred to was on an accusation de sodalidis in 54 B.C. Cicero undertook the defense at Caesar's request. For Cicero's explanation of his conduct, cf. Fam. 1.9.19. It is a sigerhaps a translation of the *su/ndeipnoi of Sophocles; cf. Ribbeck, Röm. Tragödie, 620. During the summer and autumn of 54 B.C. Quintus devoted some time to the translation and adaptation of various Greek plays, especially those of Sophocles; cf.
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXIII: ad Quintum fratrem 3.5 (search)
Letter XXIII: ad Quintum fratrem 3.5 Tusculum, Oct., 54 B.C. de illis libris : the books of the de Re Publica. novendialibus iis feriis: cf. Cic. de Re Pub. 1.14 nam cam P. Africanus hic, Pauli filius, fenis Lotinis Taditano et Aquillo cos. constituisset in hortis esse. Tuditano et Aquilio consulibus: i.e. 129 B.C. sermo est, etc.: cf. Att. 4.16.2 (written in July of this year) in novem libros: the finished work actually contained but six books (cf. de Div. 2.3). About one-third of it is extant. hominum: i.e. Africanus, Laelius, and the others. Sallustio: probably the man to whom Fam. 2.17 is addressed, and who relates Cicero's dream in de Div. 1.59. consularis: and therefore a man of much experience in managing the affairs of a great commonwealth, and not a mere publicist like Heraclides. de ratione dicendi: the de Oratore, which purports to be a discussion that took place in Cicero's youth (B.C. 91 ). inferiores, more recent. loquar ipse tecum: this purpose Cicero abandoned,
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXIV: ad familiares 7.16 (search)
Letter XXIV: ad familiares 7.16 Rome, Nov., 54 B. C. Equo Troiano: cf. Ep. XIX. 2n. sero sapiunt: Cicero quotes here, as he did in Ep. XIX. 2 (si sciens fallo), the first words of a familiar passage, which had passed into a proverb. The expression is thus explained by Festus, 1.510, de Pon.: 'sero sapiunt Phryges' proverbium est natum a Troianis qui decimo denique anno velle coeperunt Helenam quaeque cum ea erant rapta reddere. Cf. also Ribbeck, Röm. Trag. 49. non sero: Trebatius had gone to Caesar with such rose-colored ideas of a soldier's life and of the immediate wealth and distinction to be won in it, that the inevitable hardships and monotony made him discontented and homesick, so that Cicero had written him reprovingly: primorum mensum littteris tuis vehementer commovebar, quod mihi interdum — pace tua dixerim — levis in urbis urbanitatisque desiderio, interdum piger, interdum timidus in labore militari, saepe autem etiam, quod a te alienissimum est, subimpudens videbare; t
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