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I SHALL recommend many to you, and it is inevitable that I should do so—for it is always the best men and best citizens that are most inclined to follow your judgment; and it is for your approval that all brave men desire to work and study with activity; and finally everyone thinks that my influence and favour have very great weight with you. But I recommend to you Gaius Nasidienus—a burgher of Suessa—with an earnestness beyond which I cannot go about anyone. In the war in Crete under Metellus 1 he led the eighth "first line": 2 afterwards he was employed in the management of his property. At this period, influenced by the party divisions in the state, and by your pre-eminent position, he wishes to gain some distinction by your means. I am recommending to you, Brutus, a man of courage, a man of good character, and— if that is at all to the point—of wealth also. 3 I shall be very much obliged if you treat him so as to enable him to thank me for favours received from you.

1 Q. Metellus Creticus conquered the Cretans in B.C. 68-66.

2 That is, he was the centurion of the first ordo in the eighth cohort of a legion: there were ten cohorts in a legion, and each cohort had six ordines with a centurion to each.

3 See vol. iii., p.64. Mr. Tyrrell sees in this a reflexion on the disinterestedness of Brutus. No doubt money was sorely needed (see p.224), and rich men were welcome at the camp.

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