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mea: § 355,a (222,a); B. 211, i,a; G.381; H. 449, I (408, t 2); H.-B. 345.

popularis, not popular but devoted to the people, democratic: Caesar was now the recognized leader of this party.

auctore (abl. abs.), proposer; cognitore, sponsor (a legal term).

majorum: none of Caesar 5 ancestors were men of any distinction, although some distant relatives were prominent in public affairs in the time of Sulla; see note on p. 137, l. 23. He belonged, however, to one of the oldest patrician families.

obsidom, i.e. he is pledged at all events to defend the state as against the conspirators.

interesset: for tense, see § 485, d (287, d); H.-B. 482, I. levitatem, want of principle, i.e. of the steady purpose, or stability of character, implied in gravitas.

saluti, i.e. not voluntati: their interests, not their capricious wishes. >

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