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rapiebat: § 471, b (277, b); B. 260, 4; H-B. 485; the imperf. is used instead of the pres. because the action is conceived of as ceasing at the moment when Cicero discovered the plot.

haec res, i.e. leaving the city as an enemy and taking up arms.

non modo, to say nothing of: § 327, I (209, a, I); B. 347, 2; G. 445; H. 656, 2 (553, 2); H.-B. 298, 2, a.

atque connects perditis and derelictis; ab connects fortuna and spe with derelictis.

conflatam, run together (like molten metal).

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