XXVII (A II, 2)
TO ATTICUS (ON HIS WAY TO ROME)Take care of my dear nephew Cicero, I beg of you. I seem to share his illness. I am engaged on the "Constitution of Pellene," and, by heaven, have piled up a huge heap of Dicaearchus at my feet. 1 What a great man! You may learn much more from him than from Procilius. His "Constitution of Corinth" and "Constitution of Athens " I have, I think, at Rome. Upon my word, you will say, if you read these, "What a remarkable man!" Herodes, if he had any sense, would have read him rather than write a single letter himself. 2 He has attacked me by letter; with you I see he has come to close quarters. I would have joined a conspiracy rather than resisted one, if I had thought that I should have to listen to him as my reward. As to Lollius, you must be mad. As to the wine, I think you are right. 3 But look here! Don't you see that the Kalends are approaching, and no Antonius ? 4 That the jury is being empanelled? For so they send me word. That Nigidius 5 threatens in public meeting that he will personally cite any juror who does not appear? However, I should be glad if you would write me word whether you have heard anything about the return of Antonius; and since you don't mean to come here, dine with me in any case on the 29th. Mind you do this, and take care of your health.