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, returning to his original plan. His letters of this period Contain many references to the de Re Pub., e.g. Q.fr. 2.12 (14). 1; Att. 4.16.2; Att. 6.1.8.
relictos : see Crit. Append. Tyrrell suggests refictos ('remodeled').
versibus: cf. versus rogas, Ep. XXII.4n. Cf. also Q. fr. 3.4.4. Cicero apparently yielded at last to his brother's request; cf. Q. fr. 3.9. 6 habeo absolutum suave, mihi quidem uti ridetur, e)