quamob rem, etc.: because Caesar's view has in Caesar a popular sponsor, while the view of Silanus is in fact the more merciful one. statueritis, dederitis: § 516, c and N. (307, c and a.); G. 595, N.2; H. 540, 2 (473, 2); cf. H.-B. 490. contionem: see Introd. to Manilian Law in notes (p.272). The action of the consul would have to be justified before the people, who might regard it as a tyrannical measure. In this justification Cicero would have Caesar to assist him. obtinebo eam, make it appear that it [this view], etc. ita . . . liceat: an asseveration like our "so help me God." The point lies in the idea of "so and not otherwise" implied in it. ut . . . moveor, as [it is true that] I am influenced, etc. animo, hr my mind's eye (properly, abl. of means). patria, native city.
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First Oration against Catiline
II. The Character of the Conspiracy. ( In L. Catilinam Oratia II ) Before the People, Nov. 8.
Third Oration Against Catiline: III. How the Conspiracy was Suppressed. ( In L. Catilinam Oratio III. ) Before the People, DEC. 3.
Fourth Oration Against Catiline: Sentence of the Conspirators. ( In L. Catilinam Oratio IV )In the Senate, DEC. 5.
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