non calumnia litium, etc.: referring to fraudulent and malicious proceedings under cover of law, which were too mild and dilatory a method of plunder for Clodius. A powerful noble, with his slaves and clients, had almost an army at his disposal, so that the disorders of the time actually amounted to private warfare, like that of the feudal nobles. The following incidents illustrate this further. sacramentis: a form of procedure in which a forfeit (sacramentum) was deposited by each party, to abide the result of the suit. Etruscos: see note, sect. 26 (p. 182, l. 1). Janiculo et Alpibus: these boundaries would include all Italy north of the Tiber. splendido: the regular complimentary epithet of an eques.
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