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[37] For I saw—I saw, I say, this very Quintus Hortensius, the light and ornament of the republic, almost slain by the hand of slaves, while he was standing by me. In which crowd Caius Vibienus, a senator, a most excellent man, who was with Hortensius, was so maltreated that he lost his life.

When, then, was it that that assassin's dagger of his which he had received from Catiline rested? It was aimed at us I would not allow you all to be exposed to it for my sake. It was prepared in treachery for Pompeius. It stained with blood, through the murder of Papirius the very Appian road, the monument of his name, this, this same dagger, after a long interval was again turned against me lately as you know, it nearly murdered me close to the palace of Ancus.

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