he is beyond all question the enemy of the colonies and municipal towns, then
what do you consider him with respect to this city which he is so eager for to
satiate the indigence of his band of robbers? which that skillful and
experienced surveyor of his, Saxa, has already marked out with his rule.
Recollect, I entreat you, in the name of the immortal gods, O conscript fathers,
what we have been fearing for the last two days, in consequence of infamous
rumors carefully disseminated by enemies within the walls. Who has been able to
look upon his children or upon his wife without weeping? who has been able to
bear the sight of his home, of his house, and his household gods? Already all of
us were expecting a most ignominious death, or meditating a miserable flight.
And shall we hesitate to call the men at whose hands we feared all these things
enemies? If any one should propose a more severe designation I will willingly
agree to it; I am hardly content with this ordinary one, and will certainly not
employ a more moderate one.