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Praeneste (Palestrina), an important town of Latium, about twenty miles from Rome, in a very commanding situation. Its possession would have given Catiline a valuable military post. Praeneste had been a chief stronghold of the Marian party in the Civil War, and Sulla had punished it by establishing a military colony there (hence coloniam).

sensistine, did you not find? -ne here nonne: ยง 332, c and N. (210, d and N.); G. 454, N.5; H.-B. 231,1, N.1.

praesidiis, the garrison manning the walls; custodus, sentinels at the gates; vigilus, watchmen (i.e. night-guard).

agis, etc.: notice the climax.

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