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Romam revertisse: it was at first thought that Milo had gone into voluntary exile after the murder. In fact, however, he had returned to Rome on the night when the curia was burned, and the reaction caused by the fire and the riots encouraged him to appear in public and renew his canvass for the consulship. Cicero skillfully represents this conduct as due to the courage of innocence.

se populo . . . senatni commisit, i.e. by appearing in his place among them.

praesidils, i.e. the special power with which Pompey was clothed as sole consul, which is further dwelt on in the following (see sect. 65).

magna metuenti, etc.: Pompey was on friendly terms with Clodius and might well fear that the violent act of Milo threatened his own position in the state and even his life (see note on sect. 66, p. 197, l. 26).


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