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CDXLII (A XI, 20)

TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)
BRUNDISIUM, 15 AUGUST
On the 14th of August Gaius Trebonius arrived from Seleucia Pieria 1 after twenty-seven days' journey, to tell me that at Antioch he saw the younger Quintus in Caesar's company along with Hirtius: that they had got all they wanted in regard to the elder Quintus, and that without any trouble. I should have been more rejoiced at this if the concessions to myself 2 conveyed any certainty of hope. But, in the first place, there are others, and among them Quintus, father and son, from whom I have reason to entertain other fears; and, in the next place, grants made by Caesar himself as absolute master are again within his power to revoke. He has pardoned even Sallustius: he is said to refuse absolutely no one. This in itself suggests the suspicion that judicial investigation is held over for another time. M. Gallius, son of Quintus, has restored Sallustius his slaves. He came to transport the legions to Sicily: he said that Caesar intends to go thither straight from Patrae. 3 If he does that I shall come to some place nearer Rome, which I could wish I had done before. I am eagerly waiting for your answer to my last letter, in which I asked for your advice. 4 Good-bye.

15 August.


1 The port of Antioch. Schmidt reads C. Treboni libertus. It does seem unlikely that Trebonius should have gone to Asia between the end of his praetorship (B.C. 48) and the beginning of his proconsulship in Baetica some time late in B.C. 47, yet it is not impossible, for he was only sent there when Caesar heard of the misconduct and failure of Cassius (B. Alex. 64).

2 Those contained in the courteous letter of Caesar, which yet did not convey a formal pardon.

3 I. e., instead of coming to Italy. Sicily would be the point of departure for attacking the Pompeians in Africa.

4 The last letter to Atticus does not ask for advice on this situation, and none exists giving an account of Caesar's letter. Therefore it has reasonably been suggested that a letter, dated as that to Terentia on the 12th, has been lost.

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