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[5] A few days afterwards the senate was delivered from the danger of bloodshed, and a hook1was fixed into that runaway slave who had usurped the name of Caius Marius. And all these things he did in concert with his colleague. Some other things that were done were the acts of Dolabella alone; but if his colleague had not been absent, would, I believe, have been done by both of them in concert.

For when enormous evil was insinuating itself into the republic, and was gaining more strength day by day; and when the same men were erecting a tomb2in the forum, who had performed that irregular funeral; and when abandoned men, with slaves like themselves, were every day threatening with more and more vehemence all the houses and temples of the city; so severe was the rigour of Dolabella, not only towards the audacious and wicked slaves, but also towards the profligate and unprincipled freemen, and so prompt was his overthrow of that accursed pillar; that it seems marvellous to me that the subsequent time has been so different from that one day.

1 The hook was to drag his carcass along the streets to throw it into the Tiber. So Juvenal says—“Sejanus ducitur unco
Spectandus.”
”—x. 66.

2 This refers to a pillar that was raised in the forum in honour of Caesar, with the inscription, “To the Father of his Country.”

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