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DLXXVI (A XII, 35.2)

BEFORE I left your house 1 last it never occurred to me that if a sum was spent on the monument in excess of some amount or other allowed by the law, the same sum has to be paid to the exchequer. 2 This would not have disturbed me at all, except that somehow or another-perhaps unreasonably—I should not like it to be known by any name except that of a "shrine." That being my wish, I fear I cannot accomplish it without a change of site. Consider, please, what to make of this. For though I am feeling the strain less than I did, and have almost recovered my equanimity, yet I want your advice. Therefore I beg you again and again-more earnestly than you wish or allow yourself to be intreated by me—to give your whole mind to considering this question.

1 During April Cicero seems to have been at or near Rome. See p. 227.

2 A lex Cornelia of the dictator Sulla regulated the expenses of funerals (Plut. Sull. 35). It may—though it is not known-have also limited the amount to be expended on monuments. The recent lex Iulia may also have contained some regulation on the subject.

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