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35. et senatui nimis atrox visa sententia est, et plebem ira prope armavit: fame se iam sicut hostes peti, cibo victuque fraudari; peregrinum frumentum, quae sola alimenta ex insperato fortuna dederit, ab ore rapi, nisi Cn. Marcio vincti dedantur tribuni, nisi de tergo plebis Romanae satisfiat. eum sibi carnificem novum exortum, qui aut mori aut servire iubeat. [2] in exeuntem e curia impetus factus esset, ni peropportune tribuni diem dixissent. ibi ira est suppressa: se iudicem quisque, se dominum vitae necisque inimici factum videbat. [3] contemptim primo Marcius audiebat minas tribunicias: auxilii, non poenae ius datum illi potestati, plebisque non patrum tribunos esse. sed adeo infensa erat coorta plebs, ut unius poena defungendum esset patribus. [4] restiterunt tamen adversae invidiae usique sunt qua suis quisque, qua totius ordinis viribus. ac primo temptata res est, si dispositis clientibus absterrendo [p. 107] singulos a coitionibus conciliisque disicere rem possent. [5] universi deinde processerequidquid erat patrum, reos diceresprecibus plebem exposcentes, unum sibi civem, unum senatorem, si innocentem absolvere nollent, pro nocente donarent. [6] ipse cum die dicta non adesset, perseveratum in ira est. damnatus absens in Volscos exulatum abiit minitans patriae hostilesque iam tum spiritus gerens.

Venientem Volsci benigne excepere benigniusque in dies colebant, quo maior ira in suos eminebat, crebraeque nunc querellae, nunc minae percipiebantur. hospitio utebatur Atti Tulli. [7] longe is tum princeps Volsci nominis erat Romanisque semper infestus. ita cum alterum vetus odium, alterum ira recens stimularet, consilia conferunt de Romano bello. [8] haud facile credebant plebem suam inpelli posse, ut totiens infeliciter temptata arma caperent: multis saepe bellis, pestilentia postremo amissa iuventute fractos spiritus esse; arte agendum in exoleto iam vetustate odio, ut recenti aliqua ira exacerbarentur animi.

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