Again you made a tour through Italy
, with that same actress for your
companion. Cruel and miserable was the way in which you led your soldiers into
the towns; shameful was the pillager in every city, of gold and silver, and
above all, of wine. And besides all this, while Caesar knew nothing about it, as
he was at Alexandria
, Antonius, by the
kindness of Caesar's friends, was appointed his master of the horse. Then he
thought that you could live with Hippia1
by virtue of his office, and that he might give horses which
were the property of the state to Sergius the buffoon. At that time he had
elected for himself to live in, not the house which he now dishonors, but that
of Marcus Piso. Why need I mention his decrees, his robberies, the possessions
of inheritances which were given him, and those too which were seized by him?
Want compelled him; he did not know where to turn. That great inheritance from
Lucius Rubrius, and that other from Lucius Turselius, had not yet come to him.
He had not yet succeeded as an unexpected heir to the place of Cnaeus Pompeius,
and of many others who were absent. He was forced to live like a robber, having
nothing beyond what he could plunder from others.