was there that was being done by the, senate either ambitiously or rashly, when
you, one single young man, forbade the whole order to pass decrees concerning
the safety of the republic? and when you did so, not once only, but repeatedly?
nor would you allow any one to plead with you in behalf of the authority of the
senate; and yet, what did any one entreat of you, except that you would not
desire the republic to be entirely overthrown and destroyed; when neither the
chief men of the state by their entreaties, nor the elders by their warnings,
nor the senate in a full house by pleading with you, could move you from the
determination which you had already sold and as it were delivered to the
purchaser? Then it was, after having tried many other expedients previously,
that a blow was of necessity struck at you which had been struck at only few men
before you, and which none of them had ever survived.