judices, i.e. the members of a special court (quaestio) established by the Lex Papia (see Introd. to the oration, p.154) to inquire into cases arising under that law. versatum: cf. the date of the defence of Roscius and the opening passage of that oration. hujusce rei, i.e. dicendi. ratio, knowledge, i.e. theoretic acquaintance, contrasted with exercitatio, practice. A. Licinius: following the custom of naturalized foreigners, as well as freedmen, Archias had taken the gentile name of his noble friends and patrons, the Luculli. Cicero's motive in always speaking of him by his Roman name is obvious. inde usque, from as far back as that I say. principem, master. rationem, course. For the connection of the meanings of this word, see Vocab. a quo relates to huic, which is dat. after ferre; quo relates to id: surely, to the man himself from whom I have received that whereby, etc. ceteris, all the rest [of my fellow-citizens], i.e. other than Archias. alios, some of them. opem corresponds to opitulari; salutem, to servare.
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