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occurrit, meets me.

si quidem, yes, if.

video (emphat.), I see clearly.

quid nuntiaret? ยง 444 (268); B. 277; G. 259; H. 557 (486, ii); cf. H.-B. 515, I.

obsignavi, endorsed. The names of witnesses were written on the back of wills, etc., after they were closed and sealed.

quem pridie, etc., i.e. Clodius, when he left Rome, knew that Cyrus was dying, and so the news of his actual death need not have changed his plans. Hence Cicero infers that this messenger was sent to give Clodius information of Milo's movements and not (as pretended) of the death of Cyrus. Observe the skill with which every circumstance is made to tell in favor of Cicero's contention that Clodius lay in wait for Milo.


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