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Appian, The Civil Wars (ed. Horace White), BOOK II, CHAPTER III (search)
Thus Cicero, who had been exiled by means of Pompey, Y.R. 697 was recalled by means of Pompey about sixteen months B.C. 57 after his banishment, and the Senate rebuilt his house and his villas at the public expense. He was received magnificently at the city gates. It is said that a whole day was consumed by the greetings extended to him, as was the case with Demosthenes when he returned. Y.R. 698 In the meantime Cæsar, who had performed the B.C. 56 many brilliant exploits in Gaul and Britain which have been described in my Celtic history, had returned with vast riches to Cisalpine Gaul on the river Po to give his army a short respite from continuous fighting. From this place he sent large sums of money to many persons in Rome, to those who were holding the yearly offices and to persons otherwise distinguished as governors and generals, and they went thither by turns to meet him.Plutarch (Life of
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Date of birth and of death. (search)
the earlier months of the year 54, nor any that are even capable of more ready explanation, if a later date for their composition be supposed. The remark about the consulship of Vatinius (c. 52), which did not take place till the end of the year 47 B.C., forms no exception to this statement (cf. Commentary), and the prosecution of Vatinius by Calvus, mentioned in c. 53, may well have taken place in 56 B.C., instead of in the fall of 54. Furthermore, c. 11, which was surely written toward the close of 55 B.C., shows a decided change in the feeling of Catullus toward Caesar, and accords well with the statement of Suetonius (Iul. 73), that after Catullus had angered Caesar by his epigrams concerning him and Mamurra, a reconciliation with the poet took place, apparently at his father's house at Verona. It is hardly
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Journey to Bithynia. (search)
ts heaped upon him (cf. cc. 10, 28) may well be doubted. Virulence of language in invective, especially in the use of terms applied to sexual impurity, was by no means accompanied among the ancients by corresponding intensity of feeling, and is often to be understood as formal and not literal. 33. Yet some pleasures in his Bithynian life Catullus must have experienced; for when on the approach of spring (56 B.C.) he bids his companions adieu, it is with a tribute to the delight he has taken in their company ( c. 46.9 dulces comitum coetus ), and a reference perhaps to the expected pleasure of a reunion with them in Italy (c. 46. 10-11). 34. But the pain of parting was very insignificant in comparison with the overwhelming joy of home-coming. The exquisite grace of the two sparrow-songs of Cat
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Later years. Relations with Caesar. (search)
poems (cc. 16, 21, 23, 26), though for Juventius he had only sorrowful remonstrance (cc. 24, 81). 38. Yet all this experience appears to have touched him in no wise deeply. It was but a passing diversion, and his jealousy not the bitter passion felt against his rivals with Lesbia. With far more earnestness did he throw himself into the political quarrel of his time. The year of his return from Bithynia (56 B.C.) had witnessed the so-called renewal of the triumvirate at Luca, and Caesar appeared to have won everything. In accordance with the agreement made at the Luca conference, Pompey and Crassus were consuls a second time for the year 55, and the senatorial party was at its wits' end. Catullus was apparently not an active political worker, but he did not hesitate to join his political friends in personal attacks upon the fo
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Friends and foes. (search)
legislation, he tried to seduce certain of Caesar's troops, and was finally killed under the walls of Thurii. He was an active and interesting correspondent of Cicero, by whom he was defended (56 B.C.) in the famous speech pro Caelio against the charge of attempted poisoning brought by Clodia (Lesbia), whose favored lover he had been. He himself appears to have broken this connection, and been away from Rome as members of the retinue of a certain Piso, a provincial governor. They returned to Rome apparently not long after the time of the return of Catullus himself from Bithynia (56 B.C.; cf. § 31 ff.). 69. If, then, there be such a connection as indicated between cc. 9 and 13, the absence in Spain cannot have been that with Piso, and must have preceded it by several
M. Tullius Cicero, Letters to Atticus (ed. L. C. Purser), book 4, Scr. in Antiati m. Apr. aut Mai. a. 698 (56). CICERO ATTICO salutem (search)
Scr. in Antiati m. Apr. aut Mai. a. 698 (56). CICERO ATTICO salutem perbelle feceris si ad nos veneris. offendes designationem Tyrannionis mirificam in librorum meorum bibliotheca, quorum reliquiae multo meliores sunt quam putaram. et velim mihi mittas de tuis librariolis duos aliquos quibus Tyrannio utatur glutinatoribus, ad cetera administris, iisque imperes ut sumant membranulam ex qua indices fiant, quos vos Graeci, ut opinor, sillu/bous appellatis. sed haec, si tibi erit commodum. ipse vero utique fac venias, si potes in his locis adhaerescere et Piliam adducere. ita enim et aequum est et cupit Tullia. medius fidius ne tu emisti lo/xon praeclarum. gladiatores audio pugnare mirifice. si locare voluisses, duobus his muneribus liber esses. sed haec post
M. Tullius Cicero, Letters to Atticus (ed. L. C. Purser), book 4, letter 5 (search)
Scr. in Antiati m. April. aut Mai. a. 698 (56). CICERO ATTICO salutem ain tu? me existimas ab ullo malle mea legi probarique quam a te? cur igitur cuiquam misi prius? urgebar ab eo ad quem misi, et non habebam exemplar. quid? etiam (dudum enim circumrodo quod devorandum est) subturpicula mihi videbatur esse palinw|di/a. sed valeant recta, vera, honesta consilia. non est credibile quae sit perfidia in istis principibus, ut volunt esse et ut essent si quicquam haberent fidei. senseram noram inductus, relictus, proiectus ab iis. tamen hoc eram animo ut cum iis in re publica consentirem. idem erant qui fuerant. vix aliquando te auctore resipui. dices ea te monuisse, suasisse a quae facerem, non etiam ut scriberem. ego me hercule mihi necessitatem volui imponere huius novae coniunct
M. Tullius Cicero, Letters to Atticus (ed. L. C. Purser), book 4, letter 6 (search)
Scr. in Antiati m. Apr. aut Mai. a. 698 (56). CICERO ATTICO salutem de Lentulo scilicet sic fero ut debeo. virum bonum et magnum hominem et in summa magnitudine animi multa humanitate temperatum perdidimus nosque malo solacio sed non nullo tamen consolamur quod ipsius vicem minime dolemus non ut Saufeius et vestri sed me hercule quia sic amabat patriam ut mihi aliquo deorum beneficio videatur ex eius incendio esse ereptus. nam quid foedius nostra vita, praecipue mea? nam tu quidem, etsi es natura politiko/s, tamen nullam habes propriam servitutem, communi frueris nomine; ego vero qui, si loquor de re publica quod oportet, insanus, si quod opus est, servus existimor, si taceo, oppressus et captus, quo dolore esse debeo? quo sum scilicet, hoc etiam acriore quo
M. Tullius Cicero, Letters to Atticus (ed. L. C. Purser), book 4, letter 7 (search)
Scr. in Arpinati m. Apr. aut Mai. a. 698 (56). CICERO ATTICO salutem nihil eu)kairo/teron epistula tua quae me sollicitum de Quinto nostro, puero optimo, valde levavit. venerat horis duabus ante Chaerippus, mera monstra nuntiarat. de Apollonio quod scribis, qui illi di irati! homini Graeco qui conturbat atque idem putat sibi licere quod equitibus Romanis. nam Terentius suo iure. de Metello ou)x o(si/h fqime/noisin, sed tamen multis annis civis nemo erat mortuus qui quidem tibi nummi meo periculo sint. quid enim vereris? quemcumque heredem fecit, nisi Publium fecit, virum fecit, non improbe, quamquam fuit ipse. qua re in hoc thecam nummariam non retexeris, in aliis eris cautior. mea mandata de do
M. Tullius Cicero, Letters to Atticus (ed. L. C. Purser), book 4, letter 8 (search)
Scr. in Antiati m. Apr. aut Mai. a. 698 (56). CICERO ATTICO salutem multa me in epistula tua delectarunt sed nihil magis quam patina tyrotarichi. nam de raudusculo quod scribis, mh/pw me/g' ei)/ph|s pri\n teleuth/sant' i)/dh|s aedificati tibi in agris nihil reperio. in oppido est quiddam, de quo est dubium sitne venale, ac proximum quidem nostris aedibus. hoc scito, Antium Buthrotum esse Romae, ut Corcyrae illud tuum Antium . nihil quietius, nihil alsius, nihil amoenius. ei)/h moi ou(=tos fi/los oi)=kos. postea vero, quam Tyrannio mihi libros disposuit, mens addita videtur meis aedibus. qua quidem in re mirifica opera Dionysi et Menophili tui fuit. nihil venustius quam illa tua pegmata, postquam mi
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