illa arma, etc.: on the first day of the trial, when M. Marcellus began to cross-examine one of the witnesses against Milo, he was so terrified by the rush of the mob that he took refuge on the praetor's bench. Pompey, alarmed by the same disturbance, came down next day with an armed guard, and the trial was allowed to proceed without interruption. quieto, etc.: i.e. not only to be undisturbed but to be greatly encouraged. quae quidem est civium, so far at least as it consists of citizens (covertly suggesting that the supporters of Clodius were not citizens, but gladiators and the like). neque . . . non, etc.: notice the double negative, — there is no one... who does not, etc. decertari (impersonal), that the conflict is. Here Cicero suggests what one of the chief points of his defence is to be, — that Milo had always acted in defence of the state. eorum, namely, of those: § 344 (214, e); B. 197; G. 368, a.; cf. H. 441 (397, I); H.-B. 349. hesterna contione, yesterday's harangue. The day before, after the court adjourned, one T. Munatius Plancus (see sect. 12) had harangued the crowd, urging them to be on hand next day and not suffer Milo to escape. On this day, the last of the trial, shops were closed throughout the city; Pompey posted guards in the Forum and all its approaches; he himself sat, as on the day before, in front of the Treasury, girt with a select body of troops. When Cicero began to speak, "he was received by an outcry of the party of Clodius, who could not be restrained even by fear of the surrounding soldiery." judicaretis: § 444 (268); B. 277; G. 259; H. 557 (486, ii); H.-B. 503. retineatis: the penalty for the offence with which Milo was charged was banishment, by which he would lose his rights as citizen.
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