had given large tracts of land as rewards for their services, but who, having lived extravagantly, had fallen into such debt and distress, that, as Cicero said, nothing could relieve them but the resurrection of Sylla from the dead. Cic. ii. Orat. in Cat. having spent their money too liberally, and remembering their spoils and former victory, were longing for a civil war, Catiline formed the design of overthrowing the government. There was no army in Italy; Pompey was fighting in a distant part of the world;Pompey was fighting in a distant part of the world] In extremis terris. Pompey was then conducting the war against Mithridates and Tigranes, in Pontus and Armenia. he himself had great hopes of obtaining the consulship; the senate was wholly off its guard ;The senate was wholly off its guard] Senatus nihil sane intentus. The senate was regardless, and unsuspicious of any danger. every thing was quiet and tranquil; and all these circumstances were exceedingly favorable for Catiline.