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The Consulship, B.C. 63.

For the momentous year of the consulship we have no letters. His brother Quintus was in Rome as candidate and then praetor-designate; Atticus was also in Rome; and the business, as well as the dignity of a consul, were against any thing like ordinary correspondence. Of the earlier part of the consulship we have little record. The speeches against Rullus were delivered at the beginning of the year, and commit Cicero pretty definitely to a policy as to the ager publicus —which was, to his disgust, entirely reversed by the triumvirs in B.C. 59—but they do not show any sense of coming trouble. Cicero, however, throughout his consulship took a very definite line against the populares. Not only did he defend Rabirius Postumus, when accused by Caesar of the assassination of Saturninus, and address the people against offering violence to L. Roscius on account of the unpopular lex theatralis but he even resisted the restoration to their civil rights of the sons of the men proscribed by Sulla, avowedly on the ground of the necessity of maintaining the established order, though he knew and confessed the justice of the proposal. 1

1 See Att.2.1, vol. i., p.62; Plut. Cic. 13; Cic. in Pis. 4.

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