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alterius corresponds to altera, 1.6, below.

firmamenti, outward support

roboris, internal strength.

Cn. Pompei: Pompey and Metellus Pius conducted the war against Sertorius from B.C. 77 till B.C. 72 without being able to subdue him. In 72 Sertorius was assassinated by his lieutenant Perperna, whom Pompey had no difficulty in defeating. Cicero, it will be observed, suppresses these details, preferring to give Pompey credit, in general terms, for putting an end to "the danger from Sertorius."

in altera parte, i.e. in the East.

felicitati: observe the chiastic order of the ideas, — felicitati virtuti; culpae, fortunae.

haec extrema (an intentional euphemism), these late disasters,

tribuenda, attributable. In fact the ill success of Lucullus was in great part due to the machinations of politicians at Rome; he was not properly supported by the home government.

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