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CX (A IV, 7)

TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)
ARPINUM (APRIL-MAY)
Nothing could be better timed than your letter, which much relieved the anxiety I was feeling about that excellent boy, our Quintus. Two hours earlier Chaerippus had arrived: his news was simply awful. As to what you say about Apollonius, why, heaven confound him ! a Greek and turn bankrupt! Thinks he may do what Roman knights do ! For, of course, Terentius is within his rights ! As to Metellus—de mortuis, etc. 1—yet there has been no citizen die these many years past who——. Well, I am willing to warrant your getting the money: for what have you to fear, whomsoever he made his heir, unless it were Publius? But he has, in fact, made a respectable man his heir, though he was himself——! Wherefore in this business you will not have to open your money-chest: another time you will be more cautious. Please see to my instructions about my house: hire some guards: give Milo a hint. 2 The Arpinates grumble amazingly about Laterium. 3 Well, what can I say? I was much annoyed myself, but "to words of mine he gave no heed." 4 For the rest, take care of young Cicero and love him as always.


1 οὐχ ὁσίη φθιμένοισιν, leaving Atticus, as often, to fill in the words ἐπ᾽ ἀνδράσιν εὐχετάασθαι (Hom. Od. 22.412, where the word is κταμένοισιν. Terentius is some eques who has stopped payment.

2 Because Clodius was attempting to pull down Cicero's new-built house on the ground that the site was still consecrated. He was prevented by Milo (Dio, 39.20).

3 Something that Quintus had done, perhaps about water, on his estate which annoyed his fellow townsmen.

4 δ᾽ οὐκ ἐμπάζετο μύθων (Hom. Od. 1.271).

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