What can we do? What do we promise our soldiers?
Things much better and more honorable. For promises to be earned by wicked
actions are pernicious both to those who expect them, and to those who promise
them. We promise to our soldiers freedom, rights, laws, justice, the empire of
the world, dignity, peace, tranquillity. The promises then of Antonius are
bloody, polluted, wicked, odious for gods and men, neither lasting nor salutary;
ours, on the other hand, are honorable, upright, glorious, full of happiness,
and full of piety.