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[78] At present we are prosecuted by men who were our counselors. “Flaccus issued a decree.” Did he issue a different decree from what he ought? “against freemen.” Was it contrary to the resolution to which the senate had come? “He issued this decree against an absent man.” When you were in the same race, and when you refused to come forward, that is a different thing from being absent. [The resolution of the senate and the decree of Flaccus are read.] What next? suppose he had not made a decree, but had only issued an edict, who could have found fault with him with truth? Are you going to find fault with the letters of my brother, full of humanity and equity. The same 1 letters which, having been given by me
****Read the letters of Quintus Cicero. [The letters of Quintus Cicero are read.] What? did the people of Apollonides, when they had an opportunity, report these things to Flaccus?

1 This passage is given up by every commentator as irretrievably corrupt.

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