diuturni silenti: it was now more than six years since the defence of Milo, which was followed almost immediately by Cicero's absence as proconsul in Cilicia, whence he returned only on the eve of the Pharsalian campaign. eram . . . usus, had kept verecundia, modesty, i.e. distrust of himself under the circumstances. vellem: not subj. of indir. question, but informal indir. disc.; § 592, 2 (341, c); B. 323; G. 662; 11.649, ii (528, I); H.-B. 535, I, a. tantam mansuetudinem, etc.: no doubt these words express the genuine and grateful surprise felt at Caesar's clemency, so different from the conduct of former conquerors in civil wars (as Sulla, for example). rerum omnium, in every respect.
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