fama, i.e. of Antony's success at Mutina. illam curiam, i.e. the Pompeian: this was to the north of the Capitoline, and was the scene of Caesar's death (hence the term infelicem). Fig. 52 shows the famous coin struck in commemoration of the murder of Caesar. furiis suis, their own madmen. The MSS. have viribus or juris: Klotz's conjecture partibus is adopted by Halm. ad me, as being now the leading man in the state. quasi, i.e. on the pretence that. tyrannum: to the Romans rex and its Greek synonym tyrannus (τύραννος) meant a usurper or unconstitutional monarch against whom violence would be a virtue. A dictator, though his power was practically absolute, was not a tyrannus, since his office was held in accordance with the ancient laws of the commonwealth. quae is object and res is subject of patefecit.
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