However, I return to your love and especial delight, Lucius Antonius, who has
admitted you all to swear allegiance to him. Do you deny it? is there any one of
you who does not belong to a tribe? Certainly not. But thirty-five tribes have
adopted him for their patron. Do you again cry out against my statement? Look at
that gilt statue of him on the left: what is the inscription upon it?
“The thirty-five tribes to their patron.” Is then Lucius
Antonius the patron of the Roman people? Plague take him! For I fully assent to
your outcry. I won't speak of this bandit whom no one would choose to have for a
client; but was there ever a man possessed of such influence, or illustrious and
mighty deeds, as to dare to call himself the patron of the whole Roman people,
the conqueror and master of all nations?