ad eamne rem, is it for this that , etc. solent, the emphat. position may be represented by translating, it is the custom, etc. qui excipiatis, to cut off consilium: the jury, or body of judices, was called consilium. By calling it a public council, Cicero enhances its dignity and importance.
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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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