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nunc jam, now at length.

hujus imperi, i.e. that which I now possess: namely, that conferred upon the consuls by the special decree of the Senate dent operant, etc. (see note on p. 100, l. 12). Without this decree they possessed imperium, it is true, but it was limited (in the city) by special privileges of Roman citizens.

tu: opposed to comitum.

sentina rei publicae, political rabble; or, keeping the original figure, we might say, bilge-water of the ship of state.

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