an vero, or can it be true that, etc. In this use of an, the first question is omitted, and the second is often a reductio ad absurdum, as here. The full thought is, "Do you not agree with me, or can it really (vero) be?" etc. See § 335, b (211, b) ; B. 162, 4, a; G. 457, I ; H. 380, 3 (353, N.4) ; H.-B. 236. agi, is their object (aliquid agere is to aim at something). ut . . . tollantur, that . . . be got rid of in one way or another. in vestro jurejurando, i.e. in the severity which your oath might seem to bind you to exercise. periculo, the case (often used with reference to defendants). ad quem . . . pertineat, i.e. on whom the suspicion rests. sectorem . . . accusatorem, i.e. T. Roscius Magnus, at once purchaser, enemy, cut-throat, and accuser.
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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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