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VIII (F XIII, 48)

TO SEXTILIUS RUFUS (QUAESTOR IN CILICIA)
ROME
1 I commend all the Cyprians to you, but more especially the Paphians. Anything you can do to oblige the latter will be regarded with great gratitude by me. I have the more pleasure in commending them to you because I think it will conduce to your reputation (of which I am ever a supporter), as you are the first to enter the island as a quaestor, if you establish precedents for others to follow. You will, I hope, secure this with greater ease if you decide to follow the law of your connexion Publius Lentulus, 2 and the regulations made by myself. This course I feel sure will redound to your honour.


1 This letter must have been written between the end of Cicero's governorship of Cilicia (B.C 50) and B.C. 47, when Cyprus ceased to form part of the province.

2 P. Cornelius Lentulus was governor of Cilicia (and therefore of Cyprus) in B.C; 54.

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