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CLXXXVII (A V, 5)

TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)
VENUSIA, 15 MAY
I have absolutely nothing to say. I have neither any commission for you, for everything has been arranged, nor anything to relate, for nothing has happened, nor is there any room for jesting, considering my numerous anxieties. Let me only tell you that I despatch this letter on the 15th of May as I am starting from Venusia. Now on this day I feel sure something has been done in the senate. 1 Therefore let a letter from you follow us, to inform us not only of all actual facts, but of common reports also. I shall get it at Brundisium For it is there that my plan is to await Pomptinus up to the day you mentioned in your letter. 2 I will write out for your perusal the conversations I have with Pompey at Tarentum on the state of the Republic ; although I wish to know precisely up to what time I can write to you safely, that is, how long you are going to be in Rome, so that I may know either where to direct my letters henceforth, or how to avoid sending them to no purpose. But before you leave town, in any case let the payment of the 20 sestertia and the 800 sestertia be put straight. 3 I beg you to look upon this as of all concerns the most important and most urgent, viz., that I should complete with your assistance what I began on your advice.


1 The Ides of each month were one of the regular meeting days of the senate.

2 I.e., the 1st of June (p. 9).

3 The debt to Caesar, but this is the first time we hear of the smaller sum (20 sestertia). It is suggested that it is the interest due. The three words he uses in connexion with it—aperuisti, exposuisti, explicatum sit—are certainly odd. I do not feel satisfied by the expedient of inserting a de after them. They have the look of technical business expressions. See pp. 3 and 10

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