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nihil umquam, etc.: on the contrary, Cicero says elsewhere (Att. iv, 3), speaking of the disorder that followed his return from exile, "If he [Clodius] comes in his way, I foresee that he will be killed by Milo. He does not hesitate to do it; he openly professes it (prae se fert)."

causam finxisse, invented an excuse.

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