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What astonishing duplicity! He writes to his father that he must abstain from entering his house on account of his mother: to his mother he writes a letter full of affection! My brother however is taking it more easily, and says that his son has reason for being angry with him. But I am following your advice: for I see that your opinion is in favour of "crooked ways." I shall come to Rome, as you think I ought, but sorely against the grain: for I cling strongly to my writing. "You will find Brutus," say you, "on the same journey." No doubt. But had it not been for this affair, that inducement would not have overcome my reluctance. For he has not come from a quarter which I should have preferred, nor has he been long away, nor has he written a syllable to me. But after all I am anxious to know what the net result of his trip has been to him. Please send me the books of which I wrote to you before, and especially Phaedrus 1 "On Gods" and... 2

1 An Athenian Epicurean philosopher, whose lectures Cicero had himself attended (de Fin. 1.16; see vol. ii., p.28). Cicero used his work largely in the de Natura Deorum, on which he is now engaged. A fragment believed to be part of the treatise of Phaedrus περὶ θεῶν was found at Herculaneum.

2 The title of the second book mentioned is unintelligible in the MSS. περὶ Παλλαδος, Ἑλλάδος, Ἀπολλοδώρου have been proposed by various editors.

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