orum antiqua comoedia, sed etiam philosophorum Socraticorum libri referti sunt. The whole passage may be read to advantage in connection with the letter before us.
capior facetiis : Cicero himself was a noted wit, and collections of his witticisms were made both by his freedman Tiro, and by his friend Trebonius. Cf. quod meum, etc., Ep. LXI.4n. and Fam. 15.21.2.
nostratibus: cf. Ep. XXXVI.1n.
oblitas Latio : i.e. adulterated or tinctured by the admixture of Latin elements.
tum : i.e. about 90 B.C.
, when the Italians received the right of Roman citizenship.
bracatis et transalpinis nationibus : Suetonius (Jul. 80) gives the following satirical couplet as one sung in the streets after Caesar gave the Gauls the right of citizenship: Gallos Caesar in triumphum ducit, idem in curiam.Galli bracas deposuerunt, latum clavum sumpserunt.
veteris leporis : the contests in wit between the representatives of different Italian towns had been from time immemorial the favorite entertainment of the