‘“When they do come I shall see what they
Plagues and tortures seize you! Will any one come to you unless he be a man like
Ventidius? We sent men of the very highest character to extinguish the rising
conflagration; you rejected them. Shall we now send men when the fire has become
so large and has risen to such a height, and when you have left yourself no
possible room, not only for peace, but not even for a surrender?
I have read you this letter, O conscript fathers, not because I thought it worth
reading, but in order to let you see all his parricidal treasons revealed by his