Is there anything whatever that can be called so
peculiarly the act of that man who; while clad in the robe of peace, was yet
invested with both civil and military command in the republic, as a law of his?
Ask for the acts of Gracchus, the Sempronian laws will be brought forward; ask
for those of Sulla, you will have the Cornelian
laws. What more? In what acts did the third
consulship of Cnaeus Pompeius consist? Why, in his laws. And if you could ask
Caesar himself what he had done in the city and in the garb of peace, he would
reply that he had passed many excellent laws; but his memoranda he would either
alter or not produce at all; or, if he did produce them, he would not class them
among his acts. But, however, I allow even these things to pass for acts; at
some things I am content to wink; but I think it intolerable that the acts of
Caesar in the most important instances, that is to say, in his laws, are to he
annulled for their sake.