bis: once for the attack on his house (sect. 38, above); the other occasion is unknown. et reo: Clodius, as aedile (B.C. 56), had laid a charge against Milo (dixit diem Miloni) of employing gladiators to bring about by intimidation the law for Cicero's recall. gravissimam . . . partem, a most important part in political affairs. fuit: see note on erat, sect. 33 (p. 185, l. 12). in scalarum tenebris, the stairway of a bookseller's shop, as Cicero says elsewhere (Phil. ii, 9). The affair took place B.C. 53, when Antony, at this time a friend of Cicero, was candidate for the quaestorship. nulla sua invidia, with no odium to himself: § 348, a (217, a); B. 243, 2; G. 304, N.2; 11.440, 2, N.2 (396, iii, N.2); H.-B. 354, d.
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