mea, emphatic. Cicero wishes to avoid prejudice to his client by himself assuming sole responsibility for these words. At the same time this section serves as a skillful means of transition. It is so important for Cicero to show that this Case has no political bearings that he has been forced to abandon the question of the murder for a time, and to discuss the illegal sale of the property. He must now return to the charge against his client, and he does so by remarking that Roscius has no complaint to make of his treatment by Chrysogorius if the latter will only let him off with his life. morum, the ways of men. vos, i.e. Chrysogonus and his abettors in the accusation; vos is expressed, not as being specially emphatic, but from the Latin fondness for contrasting persons with each other. more, in the regular way. jure gentium: the "law common to all nations," as opposed to jus civile, or law of the state ; thus it is used as nearly equivalent to natural right. a vobis, i.e. once clear of guilt, and acquitted of this shocking crime, he will leave you unmolested. rogat: a feigned appeal to his persecutors, intended to move the compassion of the jury for Roscius and their indignation against Chrysogonus. in suam rem: in a former passage (omitted in this edition) allusion is made to a charge that Roscius had fraudulently kept back part of his father's property. concessit, etc., has given up (the immovable property), counted and weighed (the rest). anulum, probably the gold ring indicating his rank as eques. se ipsum, etc., and has reserved nothing else besides his naked self
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Defence of Roscius. ( Pro Sex. Roscio Amerino ) B.C. 80.
Roscius had not only no motive to commit the crime, but no means of committing it. Erucius is challenged to tell how Roscius could himself have killed his father or could have procured his death through others.
The sale of the property of the elder Roscius was illegal and his proscription in every way irregular. For this act Chrysogonus is to be blamed, not Sulla for Sulla was necessarily so much occupied with affairs of state that details of this kind escaped his attention.
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