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51. After this, he crossed to Italy and went up to Rome, at the close of the year for which he had a second time been chosen dictator,1 though that office had never before been for a whole year; then for the following year he was proclaimed consul. Men spoke ill of him because, after his soldiers had mutinied and killed two men of praetorian rank, Galba and Cosconius, he censured them only so far as to call them ‘citizens’ when he addressed them, instead of ‘soldiers,’ 2 and then gave each man a thousand drachmas and much allotted land in Italy. [2] He was also calumniated for the madness of Dolabella, the greed of Amantius, the drunkenness of Antony, and for the fact that Corfinius built over and refurnished the house of Pompey on the ground that it was not good enough for him. For at all these things the Romans were displeased. But owing to the political situation, though Caesar was not ignorant of these things and did not like them, he was compelled to make use of such assistants.

1 The senate named Caesar Dictator for the year 47 immediately after the battle at Pharsalus.

2 Cf. Appian, B. C. ii. 93.

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