agitur, is at stake. certissima: the surest because Asia was the richest and most fruitful of all the provinces; hence the price paid by the publicani for the privilege of farming its taxes was always certain to be large. quibus amissis: equiv. to a fut. protasis. ornamenta, ornaments, i.e. "all that exalts and embellishes civilized life." a vobis: the abl. with a is used instead of the dat. of agent because there is another dat. dependent on consulendum; § 374, N.1 (232, N.); B. 189,1, a; G. 355, R.; H. 431, I (388, N.); H-B. 373, I, a.
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