Nor would you have acted in any different manner, O Triarius, if those Sardinians of yours had wished you to do so; I mean those who in reality were above all things unwilling that you should enter Sardinia, lest you should find that everything was in a totally different condition from that in which it had been represented to you; that there were no complaints on the part of the people in Sardinia, nor any hatred of the populace towards Scaurus. [And consider, O Triarius, how vast a difference there is between your accusation and mine; I never delayed one moment until, just as Jupiter (if we believe the fables of the poets) covered over Enceladus when he was stricken down and half burnt by putting the whole island on him, or as some say Typhon,]
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THE SPEECH OF M. T. CICERO IN DEFENCE OF MARCUS AEMILIUS SCAURUS.
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