Though you yourself took no personal share in it, partly through timidity, partly
through profligacy, you had tasted, or rather had sucked in, the blood of
fellow-citizens: you had been in the battle of Pharsalia as a leader; you had
slain Lucius Domitius, a most illustrious and high-born man; you had pursued and
put to death in the most barbarous manner many men who had escaped from the
battle, and whom Caesar would perhaps have saved, as he did some others.
And after having performed these exploits, what was the reason why you did not
follow Caesar into Africa
when so large a portion of the war was still remaining? And accordingly, what
place did you obtain about Caesar's person after his return from Africa
? What was your rank? He whose quaestor
you had been when general, whose master of the horse when he was dictator, to
whom you had been the chief cause of war, the chief instigator of cruelty, the
sharer of his plunder, his son, as you yourself said, by inheritance, proceeded
against you for the money which you owed for the house and gardens, and for the
other property which you had bought at that sale.