On the nineteenth of December, you overwhelmed him with your decrees; you
ordained that this motion should be submitted to you on the first of January,
which you see is submitted now, respecting the honors and rewards to be
conferred on those who have deserved or do deserve well of the republic. And the
chief of those men you have adjudged to be the man who really has done so, Caius
Caesar, who had diverted the nefarious attacks of Marcus. Antonius against this
city, and compelled him to direct them against Gaul
; and next to him you consider the veteran soldiers who
first followed Caesar; then those excellent and heavenly-minded legions the
Martial and the fourth, to whom you have promised honors and rewards, for having
not only abandoned their consul, but for having even declared war against him.
And on the same day, having a decree brought before you and published on
purpose, you praised the conduct of Decimus Brutus, a most excellent citizen,
and sanctioned with your public authority this war which he had undertaken of
his own head.
What else, then, did you do on that day except pronounce Antonius a public