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L Flaccas: see note on p. 128, l. 7.

conlegae: C. Antonius; see Introd. to Cat. 1, p.99.

rei pablicae consilus, the public counsels, i.e. his own (officially) as consul.

cam se abdicasset, after abdicating. Lentulus could not properly be called to account during his magistracy; but he might be forced to resign, and could then be proceeded against.

erant: notice that this and similar clauses in this section, since they are explanations made by Cicero and not parts of the decree, take the indicative.

L. Cassiam, etc.: these last mentioned had not yet been arrested, but Ceparius was caught in his flight and brought back.

pastores: Apulia was, as now, used chiefly for pasturage. In the summer, when these broad plains were dried up, the flocks were driven to the mountain pastures of Samnium and Lucania. These pastoral regions have always been the home of a lawless and restless population, prone to brigandage.

colonis, etc.: Cf. sect. 20, above (pp.121, 122).

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