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DXCVIII (A XII, 52)

TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)
TUSCULUM, 21 MAY
You know L. Tullius Montanus, who has gone abroad with my son. I have received a letter from his sister's husband saying that Montanus owes Plancus twenty-five sestertia (about £200) as security for Flaminius; and that you had received some request from Montanus on that subject. I should be much obliged if you could assist him either by making an application to Plancus, if that is necessary, or by any other way. I think myself bound to do something for him. If it happens that you know more about the business than I do, or if you think application should be made to Plancus, please write and tell me, that I may know how the matter stands and what sort of application ought to be made. I am waiting to hear what you have done about the letter to Caesar. About Silius I don't so very much care. Yes, you must secure either the grounds of Scapula or Clodia. But you seem to have some hesitation about Clodia—is it as to the time of her return or as to whether her grounds are for sale? But what is this I hear of Spinther having divorced his wife? 1 As to the Latin language, set your mind at ease. You will say—"What, when you write on such subjects?" 2 They are translations. They don't cost so much trouble therefore; I only contribute the language, in which I am well provided.


1 The wife of P. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther was Caecilia Metella, who was believed to have intrigued with Dolabella (see p.44), and with Aesopus, son of the actor (Hor. Sat. ii. 3, 239).

2 Philosophy—in which the Greek terms would be difficult to represent in Latin.

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