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1 IV. Presumptuously] “Per insolentiam.” The same as insolenter, though some refer it, not to Sallust, but to quis existumet, in the sense of strangely, i.e. foolishly or ignorantly. I follow Cortius's interpretation.
2 At what periods I obtained office, what sort of men, etc.] “Quibus ego tomporibus magistratus adeptus sum, et quales viri,” etc. “"Sallust obtained the quæstorship a few years after the conspiracy of Catiline, about the time when the state was agitated by the disorders of Clodius and his party. He was tribune of the people, A.U.C. 701, the year in which Clodius was killed by Milo. He was prætor in 708, when Cæsar had made himself ruler. In the expression quales viri, etc., he alludes chiefly to Cato, who, when he stood for the prætorship, was unsuccessful."” Bernouf. Kritzius defends adeptus sum.
3 What description of persons have subsequently entered the senate] “"Cæsar chose the worthy and unworthy, as suited his own purposes, to be members of the senate."” Bernouf.
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