if this be done, the general opinion and report of your severity will overwhelm
the insanity of that wicked gladiator. He will feel that he has undertaken a war
against the republic; he will experience the sinews and vigor of a unanimous
senate. For at present he is constantly saying that it is a mere struggle
between parties. Between what parties? One party is defeated, the other is the
heart of Caius Caesar's party. Unless, indeed we believe that the party of
Caesar is attacked by Pansa and Hirtius the consuls and by Caius Caesar's son.
But this war has been kindled not by a struggle between parties, but by the
nefarious hopes of the most abandoned citizens; by whom all our estates and
properties had been marked down, and already distributed according as every one
has thought them desirable.