I ask, therefore, of you, O Lucius Piso, whether you would not think the republic
overwhelmed if so many men of such impiety, of such audacity, and such guilt,
were admitted into it? Can you think that men whom we could hardly bear when
they were not yet polluted with such parricidal treasons, will be able to be
borne by the city now that they are immersed in every sort of wickedness?
Believe me, we must either adopt your plan, and retire, depart, embrace a life
of indigence and wandering, or else we must offer our throats to those robbers,
and perish in our country. What has become, O Caius Pansa, of those noble
exhortations of yours, by which the senate was roused, and the Roman people
stimulated, not only hearing but also learning from you that there is nothing
more disgraceful to a Roman than slavery?