What reason, then, is there
why the army of Marcus Brutus should be an object of suspicion to those men who
with the whole of their energies desire the preservation of Decimus Brutus?
But, moreover, if there were any thing which were to be feared from Marcus
Brutus, would not Pansa perceive it? Or if he did perceive it, would not he,
too, be anxious about it? Who is either more acute in his conjectures of the
future, or more diligent in warding off danger? But you have already seen his
zeal for, and inclination toward Marcus Brutus. He has already told us in his
speech what we ought to decree, and how we ought to feel with respect to Marcus
Brutus. And he was so far from thinking the army of Marcus Brutus dangerous to
the republic, that he considered it the most important and the most trusty
bulwark of the republic. Either, then, Pansa does not perceive this (no doubt he
is a man of dull intellect), or he disregards it. For he is clearly not anxious
that the acts which Caesar executed should be ratified,—he, who in
compliance with our recommendation is going to bring forward a bill at the
comitia centuriata for sanctioning and confirming them.