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Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Cicero's Public Life and Contemporary Politics. (search)
he humiliation which he suffered in debate at Cicero's hands, Att. 1.16.20 (Epist. V.). so that henceforth he thought of little else than avenging himself upon Cicero. The clash between Clodius and the senate, and the desire which Clodius felt to injure Cicero, threw Clodius into the arms of the democratic party, so that the affair, which at the outset was a purely personal one, developed into a political antagonism. For another view, Cf. Beesly, Catiline, Clodius, and Tiberius. 11. In Jan., 61 B.C., before the trial of Clodius took place, Pompey returned from the East. Both the senatorial party and the democratic party were anxious to secure his support; but, with that fatuity which characterized his conduct so often, he satisfied neither faction. The senate, however, found an opportunity to punish him for his coldness toward them by declining either to ratify his arrangements in the East or to give the accustomed gratuities to his veterans; but his hopes for the next year wer
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter V: ad Atticum 1.16 (search)
Letter V: ad Atticum 1.16 Rome, May, 61 B.C. This letter tells the story of the trial of Clodius for sacrilege. Cf. also Intr. 10 and Att. l. 13.3. Knowing the conclusive evidence against Clodius, the indignation of the pontifices, and the determined stand taken by the senate in ordering an inquiry, Atticus is surprised to hear of his acquittal, and has asked for an explanation. Cicero in this letter replies to that inquiry, and explains the condition of things in the commonwealth and his own attitude towards Clodius. For further details of the sacrilege of Clodius, cf. Att. 1.12.3; 1.14.5. On Caesar's attitude during the trial, cf. Suet. Iul. 74 testis citatus, negavit se quicquam comperisse, quamvis et mater Aurelia et soror Julia apud eosdem iudices omnia ex fide rettulissent. On the attitude of Pompey, cf. Att. l. 14. I, 2. The conduct of criminal trials in a Roman court was entrusted to the praetor, his consilium, and the iudices. The praetor passed upon questions of law,
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter VI: ad Atticum 1.17 (search)
Letter VI: ad Atticum 1.17 Rome, Dec. 5, 61 B.C. At this time there had been a disagreement of long standing between Quintus Cicero and his wife Pomponia, who was the sister of Atticus. On leaving Rome to assume the propraetorship of Asia in 61 B.C. , Quintus had invited Atticus to accompany him as legatus, and Atticus had declin61 B.C. , Quintus had invited Atticus to accompany him as legatus, and Atticus had declined the invitation (cf. Ep. V. 14). This refusal and the suspicion of Quintus that Pomponia was abetted in her opposition by her brother (cf. odiosas suspiciones, 1), had led to such a serious breach between the two men that Quintus, as current rumor said, had expressed himself very unfavorably in regard to his brother-in-law at Rowhich would seem to have been very bitter in their tone. Cf. offensionem tam gravem, below. discedentem: sc. for Epirus at the close of 62 or in the early part of 61 B.C. (cf. Att. 1.13.1). insedisse: sc. in animo. antea saepe: it is evident that the ill-feeling of Quintus antedated the refusal of Atticus to serve as legatus. in i
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter VIII: ad Atticum 2.22 (search)
himself through her of the ox-eyes, with how much sincerity the triumvirs are acting, I 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 L
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XV: ad Atticum 4.1 (search)
us to force Cicero to propose the grant of extraordinary powers, in order to compromise him in the eyes of the aristocracy and the pontifices. He certainly succeeded in putting him in a dilemma: to oppose the bill would have been to brave the wrath of the people and the enmity of Pompey, who had labored to secure his recall from exile; to favor the measure was to antagonize the aristocracy. quod negarent: on the subj., cf. dicere: Ep. 1.3 B. Messallam: M. Valerius Messalla Niger, consul in 61 B.C. He is highly praised by Cicero, inAtt. 1.14.6, for his integrity. Messalla and Afranius were supporters of Pompey. On Afranius, cf. Auli filius, Ep. V.12n. eam rem: i.e. the procuring of corn. meo nomine: Cicero had been a leading advocate of the bill, so that his name probably appeared in the list of those who put it into legal form; cf. note on legem conscripserunt below. recitando: here, as frequently in Livy (e.g. 25.30. ~6) and occasionally in Tacitus, the ablative of the gerundive