atque (cf. note on 1.19, above), and now (to come to the point). inde, from that point vectigalibus ac sociis, tributaries and allies (of the latter some were tributary and others not). relictus, i.e. before the contest was fully decided. lacessitus (next line), am assailed, not seriously attacked. By using these words Cicero artfully prepares for the assertion which he is about to make of the need of an energetic commander. Asiam, i.e. the province of this name, occupying the western half of Asia Minor and bordering on the dominions of Mithridates. equitibus, etc.: keep the emphasis by changing the construction: Roman equites are daily receiving, etc. quorum . . . occupatae, whose large properties, invested in managing your revenues, are endangered. The revenues were farmed out to societates (companies) of publicani, who were members of the equestrian order (see sect. 14). necessitudine: Cicero was of an equestrian family.
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