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Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Cicero's Public Life and Contemporary Politics. (search)
59. B.C. 49-48. Epist. XLII.-LIII.) For a good statement of the events of this period, cf. Der Ausbruch des Bürgerkriegs, 49 v. Chr., by H. Nissen, in von Sybel's Historische Zeitschrift for 1881, pp.48-105 and 409-445. 26. Cicero, upon his arrival, found political affairs in a turmoil. The lex Vatinia of 59 B.C. (§ 13) had assigned Gallia Cisalpina and Illyricum to Caesar for a period of five years, dating from Mar. 1, 59 B.C. Herzog, 1. p.552. n. 2. By the lex Pompeia Licinia, passed in 55 B.C. (§ 20), Caesar's term of office was extended for a period of five years, — probably, therefore, to Mar. 1, 49 B.C. Watson, pp.287-290. Special legislation of the year 52 B.C. had allowed Caesar to sue, in 49 B.C., for the consulship, without personally attending the canvass (§ 2 i). His successor in the provinces would not naturally begin his term of office until Jan. 1, 48 B.C., and in accordance with the regular practice in such cases, Caesar might count upon holding his provinces unti<
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XIX: ad familiares 7.1 (search)
Letter XIX: ad familiares 7.1 Rome, Oct., 55 B.C. Cicero's friend, M. Marius, to whom Fam. 7.1-4 are addressed, was confined to his villa at Stabiae by an attack of the gout (Fam. 7.4), and was therefore unable to witness the games at Rome which Pompey gave in honor of the dedication of his theatre and the temple of Venus Victrix. This theatre, which was erected on the Campus Martius, and would accommodate 40,000 people (Plin. N. H. 36.115), was the first permanent theatre constructed in Romeans (Plin. N. H. 8.20). misericordia: cf. introd. note. Galli Canini: L. Caninius Gallus, as tribune in 56 B.C. , proposed that the restoration of King Ptolemy should be entrusted to Pompey (Q. fr. 2.2.3). In the year following his tribuneship (55 B.C. ) he was attacked on some political charge by the enemies of Pompey, and Cicero defended him, doubtless at Pompey's request. With some two or three exceptions (e.g. Cic. de Or. 2.253) the cognomen is never placed before the nomen in formal Lati
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XX: ad Quintum fratrem 2.9 (search)
atement that Cicero edited the poem de Rerum Natura has given rise to a deal of discussion. It is certainly true that Cicero and Lucretius exerted an influence upon each other. Lucretius borrowed freely from Cicero's Aratea, while several passages in the philosophical writings of Cicero closely resemble verses of Lucretius (cf. Martha, Le Poeme de Lucrèce, 351, Munro on Lucr. 5.619, and Merrill in Class. Rev. for 1896, 19). ita: cf. sic, Ep. V.3n. multis artis: Lucretius probably died in 55 B.C. , so that this criticism was written within a few months of his death. It is commonly supposed that in ingeni Cicero sums up the main characteristics of the eariier school of Latin poetry, while artis represents the tendencies of the new/teroi; (a poem) with many indications of brilliant genius and yet with much of artistic excellence. With this estimate of Lucretius, cf. Aul. Gel. 1.21 poeta ingenio et facundia praecellens. virum te putabo hominem non putabo, if you go through the Empedo
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXI: ad familiares 7.5 (search)
troduces him as a speaker in Sat. 2.1. me alterum: cf. Ep. XV.7n. quocumque exirem: Pompey had named Cicero as one of his 15 legati on the corn commission in 57 B.C. (Ep. XV. 7), and Cicero would naturally have gone to some province in connection with that matter, but as he preferred to stay at Rome, his place was taken by Quintus, who went to Sardinia (Ep. XVI. 7); or perhaps reference is made to the fact that the province of Spain was assigned to Pompey at the close of his consulship in 55 B.C. , and Cicero may have been invited to accompany him as his legatus, but, as we know, Pompey remained at Rome. dubitatio: Cicero's hesitation to leave Rome was due perhaps partly to a fear that Clodius might attack him during his absence, and partly to a fondness for Rome. Cf. si potes, etc., Ep. XVII.2n. exspectare sperasset: in the contrast between these two words lies a delicate compliment to Caesar. The favor of the successful governor of the Gauls would insure to Trebatius what the fr
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXIV: ad familiares 7.16 (search)
isses, etc., Fam. 7.17.1. This letter evidently had the effect intended, for Cicero's words, non sero, as well as mi vetule, indicate that Trebatius had repented of his discontent. primas illas: Sc. tuas epistulas. rabiosulas, a trifle crazy. Cf. pulchellus, Ep. V.10n. The phrase, rabiosulas sat fatuas, is probably quoted from some comic poet. Cf., however, Ribbeck, Com. Rom. Frag. p. xliv. tw=n *brettanw=n minus filoqe/wron, not very fond of seeing the sights in Britain. In the summer of 55 B.C. Caesar made his first expedition to Britain, in which Trebatius did not care to join. in hibernis iniectus: Cicero is writing toward the end of November. te commovere, to stir; as of one crawling out from under a blanket in cold weather. usquequaque, etc.: probably the words of Ulysses in the same play from which the quotation sero sapiunt was taken. Cf. Ribbeck, Röm. Trag. p.49, and Trag. Rom. Frag. p. 246. sapere: perhaps with a double meaning, to be wise and to be learned in the law. Cf
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter LXV: ad familiares 6.6 (search)
utting on mourning), etc. ne seiungeret: cf. mederi, Ep. XLII.2n., and Philipp. 2.24 mea illa vox est nota multis: 'Vtinam, Pompei, cum Caesare societatem ant nun: quam coisses ant nun: quam diremisses.' Pompeium plurimi: cf. Att. 8.2.4 (written in 49 B.C. ) ego pro Pompeio libenter emori possum; facio pluris omnium hominum neminem. hunc: i.e. Caesar. ille : i.e. Pompey. eundum in Hispaniam censui: the province of Spain, which Pompey had received at the close of his second consulship, in 55 B.C. , for a period of five years, was granted to him for five years longer at the close of his third consulship, in 52 B.C. While retaining the province, Pompey stayed, however, in Italy,--a course of action the illegality of which laid him open to the attacks of the Caesarians; and Cicero, in advising that Pompey should go to Spain, would have been acting in the interests of harmony. Cicero probably gave the advice indicated during the meeting of Pompeians at Capua, on Jan.25, 49 B.C. ; cf.