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ex eis coloniis: Sulla rewarded his veterans (120,000 in number) by liberal grants of land, partly in municipia already existing, partly in new colonies which he founded for them.

universas, as a whole.

civium esse, consist of etc.

ei sunt coloni, these are colonists of this sort (as opposed to the general character of the colonies, which Cicero does not wish to impugn).

beati, men of wealth.

Sulla, etc., Sulla will have to be raised from the dead, for they can have no such hope in Catiline.

agrestis, farmers, not Sulla's colonists.

veterum: alluding to the plunder of the disorderly times following Sulla's victory over the Marian party.

illorum temporum, i.e. the times of proscription.

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