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palam clamare: this was the line of defence taken by Cato and other friends of Milo, in opposition to whom Cicero preferred to disprove the charge (diluere crimen).

Sp. Maelium: see note on Cat. 1, sect. 3 (p. 100, l. 19).

Ti. Gracchum: see note on Cat. 1, sect. 3 (p. 100, l. 15).

conlegae: Octavius, who resisted Gracchus in his attempts at reform and whom, therefore, Gracchus caused to be deposed by the people.

sed eum, etc.: not a mere demagogue, as the men just mentioned were (in Cicero's opinion), but a vile and sacrilegious criminal.

auderet, he would dare, etc., i.e. if he were guilty and were taking that line of defence.


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