qui erant in Africa, i.e. the Roman citizens there. cupiditate inconsiderata, headlong partisanship. salutis and studi limit ducem. studi, partisan zeal. ducem, i.e. they wished to organize, at first to secure their own safety, and afterwards to aid the Pompeian party, and hence they desired a military leader. cum: § 546, a (325, b); B. 288, 2; G. 581; H. 600, i (52 I, i); H.-B. 566, a. implicari, i.e. refused to commit himself to any such action. praetor, i.e. as propraetor. obtinuerat, had held, in some former year. Of course, therefore, he had no legitimate authority in Africa at the present time, for the imperium had to be conferred by a special and very definite act; hence the expression si illud, etc. (1.4).
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