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[2] When Curio laid these proposals before the people in behalf of Caesar, he was loudly applauded, and some actually cast garlands of flowers upon him as if he were a victorious athlete. Antony, too, who was a tribune, brought before the people a letter of Caesar's on these matters which he had received, and read it aloud, in defiance of the consuls. But in the senate, Scipio, the father-in-law of Pompey,1 introduced a motion that if by a fixed day Caesar did not lay down his arms he should be declared a public enemy.

1 Pompey had married Cornelia, the young widow of Publius Crassus ( Pompey, lv. 1).

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