it not so? Why was the Martial legion? why was the fourth legion praised? For if
they have deserted the consul, they ought to be blamed; if they have abandoned
an enemy to the republic, then they are deservedly praised.
But as at that time you had not yet got any consuls, you passed a decree that a
motion concerning the rewards for the soldiers and the honors to be conferred on
the generals should be submitted to you at the earliest opportunity. Are you
then going now to arrange rewards for those men who have taken arms against
Antonius, and to send ambassadors to Antonius? so as to deserve to be ashamed
that the legions should have come to more honorable resolutions than the senate:
if, indeed, the legions have resolved to defend the senate against Antonius, but
the senate decrees to send ambassadors to Antonius. Is this encouraging the
spirit of the soldiers, or damping their virtue?