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DXVIII (F XIII, 25)

TO SERVIUS SULPICIUS RUFUS (IN ACHAIA)
ROME
Hegesaretus 1 of Larisa, who was honoured by signal favours from me in my consulship, was not unmindful or ungrateful, and treated me afterwards with very great respect. I recommend him to you with great earnestness as my guest-friend, as my intimate acquaintance, as a grateful person, as a man of high character, as holding the chief position in his own state, and, lastly, as being worthy in the highest degree of your intimacy. I shall be very grateful if you take the trouble to make him understand that this recommendation of mine has had great weight with you.


1 Hegesaretus had taken the Pompeian side in the Civil War, and therefore, no doubt, needed some protection. He was at the head of one of the two factions which divided Thessaly, but we do not know what Cicero had done for him in B.C. 63 (Caes. B.C. 3.35). That Sulpicius should be asked to protect a man in Thessaly, as before he was asked to protect Atticus's interests in Epirus (p.155), shews that his authority was not confined to Achaia. Indeed, Cicero (p.123) says that he was governor of "Greece"—a much wider term.

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