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"Not the same look." 1 I thought I shouldn't mind. It was quite the reverse, when I found myself more widely separated from you. But I had to do it, both in order to settle the small rents of my properties, and to avoid burdening Brutus with the necessity of shewing me attention. For at a future time we shall be able to keep up our acquaintance at Tusculum on easier terms. But at the present juncture, when he wanted to see me every day and I could not go to him, 2 he was losing all enjoyment of his Tusculan villa. Please therefore write and tell me whether Servilia 3 has arrived, whether Brutus has taken any decided step, even if he has determined on doing so, and when he starts to meet Caesar- anything in fact that I ought to know. If you can, call on Piso : 4 you see how pressing it is. 5 Yet only if it is no inconvenience to you.

1 οὐ ταὐτὸν εἶδος. Cicero, as usual, expects Atticus to fill up any well-known quotation. It is from Eur. Ion 585: “ Not the same look wear things when far removed
As when beneath our eyes and close at hand.

2 Why not? It may refer to the morning call or salutatio. Cicero even in the country was accustomed to receive many guests at it, and perhaps as a consularis it was not etiquette for him to go to levees of men of lower official rank, and Brutus had as yet held no curule office. We may remember that Juvenal notices it as a corruption of his period that a praetor is seen at such a levée. Visiting later in the day was not usual except by intimate friends, and Cicero, when he paid a visit to Pompey in the evening, thinks it necessary to offer an explanation (vol. i., p.223). He always seems to dislike the interruption of late visitors.

3 The mother of Brutus.

4 A money-lender.

5 Because the horti Scapulani were soon to be sold, and money would be wanted.

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