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quoniam . . . faceret, because (as I thought), etc.: hence the subj. rather than faciebat: ยง 592, 3, N. (34 i, d, R.); G. 541; H. 588, ii (516, ii); H.-B. 535, 2, a, N.2.

fidem faceret, gain credence.

oratio, argument

rem comprehenderem, get hold of the matter.

ut . . . provideretis: purpose.

cum . . . videretis: subj. of integral part (otherwise it would be videbitis).

Allobrogum: the Allobroges were a Gallic nation between the Rhone and the Alps (in the modern Dauphine and Savoy); subdued B.C. 121, and united with the province Narbonensis. They were restless under their new masters (see sect. 22), and inclined to take up with Catiline's movement. Their ambassadors had come to complain of certain exactions of their provincial governor.

belli, i.e. when out of the range of the Roman jurisdiction; tumultus, rebellion, i.e. when nearer home.

Lentulo, see Introd., p. 126: he had been consul B.C. 71, but had been expelled from the Senate the next year, with sixty-three others, on account of his character, and he now held the praetorship with the view of beginning the career of office over again.

manifesto deprehenderetur, taken in the act: the words apply strictly to the criminals themselves.

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