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depalissem, pushed aside: the image is of averting a crushing weight (molem), just ready to fall.

non ille, etc., i.e. as Cethegus did.

Saturnalia, i.e. so distant a date.

constituisset: the prot. (cont. to fact) is implied in ille; ยง 521, a (310, a); B. 305, 2; G. 593,3; H. 575, 9 (507, N.7); H.-B. 578, 6.

rei pablicae: dat. after denuntiavisset.

testes: in appos. with both signum and litterae.

qaae: referring to Cicero's success in securing (lit. capturing) the evidence of guilt.

hostis (pred. appos.), as an enemy.

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