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Much about the same time there were commotions1 in Hither and Further Gaul, in the Picenian and Bruttian territories, and in Apulia. For those, whom Catiline had previously sent to those parts, had begun, without consideration, and seemingly with madness, to attempt every thing at once; and, by nocturnal meetings, by removing armor and weapons from place to place, and by hurrying and confusing every thing, had created more alarm than danger. Of these, Quintus Metellus Celer, the prætor, having brought several to trial,2 under the decree of the senate, had thrown them into prison, as had also Caius Muræna in Further Gaul,3 who governed that province in quality of legate.

1 XLII. There were commotions] “Motus erat.” “"Motus is also used by Cicero and Livy in the singular number for seditiones and tumultus. No change is therefore to be made in the text."” Gerlach."Motus bellicos intelligit, tumultus; ut Flor., iii. 13."Cortius.

2 Having brought several to trial] “Complures--caussâ cognitâ.” “"Caussam cognoscere is the legal phrase for examining as to the authors and causes of any crime."” Dietsch.

3 Caius Muræna in Further Gaul] “In Ulteriore Galliâ C. Muræna.” All the editions, previous to that of Cortius, have in citeriore Galliâ. " But C. Muræna," says the critic, " commanded in Gallia Transalpina, or Ulterior Gaul, as appears from Cic. pro Muræna, c. 41. To attribute such an error to a lapse of memory in Sallust, would be absurd. I have, therefore, confidently altered citeriore into ulteriore." The praise of having first discovered the error, however, is due, not to Cortius, but to Felicius Durantinus, a friend of Rivius, in whose note on the passage his discovery is recorded.

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