Moreover, you even sought to move his pity; you threw
yourself at his feet as a suppliant; begging for what? to be a slave? You might
beg it for yourself, when you had lived in such a way from the time that you
were a boy that you could bear everything, and would find no difficulty in being
a slave; but certainly you had no commission from the Roman people to try for
such a thing for them.
Oh how splendid was that eloquence of yours, when you harangued the people stark
naked! what could be more foul than this? more shameful than this? more
deserving of every sort of punishment? Are you waiting for me to prick you more?
This that I am saying must tear you and bring blood enough if you have any
feeling at all. I am afraid that I may be detracting from the glory of some most
eminent men. Still my indignation shall find a voice. What can be more
scandalous than for that man to live who placed a diadem on a man's head, when
every one confesses that that man was deservedly slain who rejected it?